Hi. I have two 3 year old chickens. They used to free range all day and would happily go back in to their house to lay and again in the evening to roost. Last summer they started "hiding" their eggs in the hedges and I couldn't find them. So, I built a fairly large coop (about 15 metres x 15 metres) for the two of them. They seemed to be fine with the confinement and began laying back in their nesting boxes again. However, over the winter the eggs have been very sporadic, they have developed illnesses and infections and have been a bit lethargic at times. I live in Ireland and it hasn't been terribly cold over the winter, no snow or anything like that. Recently, as in the last week or so, first one and now the other has stopped coming out of the house into the coop. Neither of them have laid for well over a fortnight. They spend the day facing the corner of the house, won't eat and won't come out unless I hoosh them out and then they immediately go back in again. Yesterday they were both lying in the corner. I put some straw down as the floor is a bit hard and they stayed there all day and were still there this morning so I assume they didn't even get up onto the perch for the night. They don't appear to be ill, their crops seem to be ok, not hard and not too squishy and don't look to be over-full, Their wattles are a healthy colour and they don't have any scaliness on their faces. Can chickens get depressed at being in a coop all the time? I'm thinking they were much happier and healthier when they were out and about all day and wonder if I let them out would they perk up? Could they be broody even if they're not laying any eggs? I don't have a rooster so even if they did sit on the eggs nothing would happen. Any advice would be appreciated.