I have 4 speckled sussex hens, all about a year old. For a long time I kept waiting for them to lay, but never saw any eggs. I free range my chickens and lock them up at night. I came across a nest in the woods one day, and realized they were laying and hiding them, not broody though. So I started keeping them locked up till noon then letting them out, still no eggs....then tried locking them up till later afternoon, still nothing, then for days, in the run, and still no eggs! But as soon as Id get frustrated and start letting them out again, Id come across another nest in the woods. Ive had others do it, and got them retrained for the coop, or nest boxes, but not these girls. Can they really refuse to lay at will or hold them in till I let them outside, even for a week or 2? This is crazy! Any suggestions? I even decided to let them lay in the woods...I marked all the old eggs, so I could just check and remove the new, as soon as I find a nest they abandone it These girls are so sweet, and tame, but very, very frustrating when it comes to the egg thing.