I have 9 chickens... 1 EE, 6 NH Reds, 1 Leghorn, and 1 black (I really don't know what she is, but she's the smartest one!!). There's a 17' by 48' enclosed area, an 8' by 8' Coop, and 3 acres of fenced area to roam 10 hours a day. I am renting an apartment on the property. My upstairs neighbor has added 5 ducks to the mix. I am new to chickens, and these are my first girls. A couple weeks ago the older girls started laying. I was an idiot, got excited, and took all the eggs. (dumb, I know). Now the girls are refusing to lay anywhere except far out in the field. (NOTE: about the same time we acquired a rat in the enclosed area. I am fighting tooth and nail to get rid of him without poison!!) I need all manner of help!!!!!