I think the answer is an obvious YES, but I figured I would ask here. I've got 6 birds and 4 of them (Barred Rocks) just started laying about a week ago. So far I have gotten an egg from each of them, but only one lays consistenly every day. The others are every 2-3 days. I suspect this is due to lack of food/water since when I let the out of the run when I get home, they go running for water and then go to town eating my yard. I have food and water for them in the coop, but not the run, which I will be adding tonight. The question is, 1) Are chickens that dumb that they don't know to walk inside to get food/water throught the day?, and 2) will that stunt egg production. Thanks.