Ever since I let my chickens free range all day, they basically stopped laying eggs! I know that now that they have a larger range to roam they will hide there eggs-I have searched and watched but no one seems to have the time to lay now! Also...a couple of the hens decide to sleep in the nest boxes a few times a week, sometimes in a broody position and sometimes standing up, so over night their droppings are in the nest boxes, but during the day too I find they use their nest boxes as bathrooms. This may be a reason for not laying eggs...but I do clean it but maybe they have dirty views of it. Before they were free range, I would let them out on the weekends under my dogs' guard and mine, and I noticed that on the days they were out egg laying halted because they were too 'busy' out and about. If anyone has experience with this type of issue or can explain the sleeping/pooping in nest boxes and lack of motivation of laying please help!! Thanks!