I recently purchased 2 barred rock pullets (which turned out to be cuckoo maran) and 2 Black Australorp pullets, that are 5 months old approx, The other day I found my first egg in the yard (light brown, so from the Australorp) my question is why is she laying in the yard during the day instead of laying in the nesting boxes in the coop at night? I am new to chickens but thought they always laid in their hen house? My 4 big girls free range all day while the littler chickens are in coop. Is it possible the big girls just need a place of their own off the pen to go and lay or will she always lay eggs around the yard?! The others do not seem to be laying... but Australorps mature faster but other one isn't laying or is doing a darn good job of hiding hers!