There was a hideous squawking coming from the yard so i run out back thinking something was eating a chicken! 3 of the 4 were just scratching in the yard ignoring the commotion and the 4th (Plinky the NH Red) was inside the coop yelling her head off... I bound down the stairs just in time to see her running out of the run, no more noise. So i searched for predators, searched for any sign why she was in distress... nothing. I thought maybe thats what they sound like when they lay an egg... I really have no idea! Searched high and low, no egg and everyone is acting fine. Then Plinky comes into the coop while im fishing around. Its strange because she would rather be with the others all the time, i never see her by herself. Well, i unblock the nesting boxes and lug the huge bag of pine shavings into the coop and start loading up the boxes... Again, strange that this big bag didnt scare her off! Everyone else went to the hills when i carried it over! When im done, she goes in the box and makes herself at home. Didnt even wait for me to move the bag or close the clean out doors! The other girls never came to see what was going on either.... another weird thing because they do everything together. This is the longest these girls have been apart! I went out to check on her, peeked in the pop door and she was still sitting in the box......till one of the other girls wanted to see what i was doing and bounded through the pop door.... heres the video of the incident and the squawking that i had heard earlier: Dixie got the hint real quick! They all stayed out of the coop. She stayed in there for an hour, trying out the second box as well. The last time i went out, they are all outside rummaging in the garden like nothing is wrong. Any ideas what this behavior is? Hoping its egg-laying behavior.... and if so, what should i be doing for her. We were both a bit freaked out! Should i leave the nesting boxes open from now on? Thanks for any suggestions.