I free range my flock of 12 hens (1 Roo). My newbies, i have 6 of them (just started laying in Aug) are not laying in the coop nest boxes. They are finding hiding places and building their own nests. Today, behind our firewood pile (which is huge) i found a nest with 6 brown eggs and my jersey giant hanging out by them (she is 6 months old). I'm only getting 3-4 eggs/day from my 12 hens, so I'm certain others are nesting elsewhere. I never had this issue with my first set of birds, just these 6 new ones. I live on 40 acres and while they free range only by our house compound and do not drift into acreage. I have only found one nest and I've been looking for weeks because I know these hens should be laying by now. How do you stop them from nesting anywhere? I thought maybe i keep them in their coop in the morning and mid day let them out, but they love running the property and come winter they will be cooped up for months. Any advice on how i get my newbies to go to their coop nest boxes? I thought about putting nesting boxes on the property so at least I'd know where they were laying.