One of our white leghorns laid her first egg 3 days ago in the nest box. We were excited because she laid it in the afternoon while she was out free-ranging in the yard so she must have come back to the coop to lay in the nest box. Yesterday one of our red sex-links laid her first egg and it was also in the nest box. They are the only two who are laying right now (of 5), but I believe another red sex-link is about to start laying. As soon as I let them out to free range this morning (at about 10 AM) the 2 layers immediately ran to our wood shed and laid in a little nest they had made in between a few pieces of wood in a nice pile of bark, these were the second eggs we have found for each of them. I put a piece of wood there to discourage them from using it again and they got really loud and upset. Now the red sex-link who is laying and the one we think is about to have been trying to make a new nest in the woodshed. It isn't so bad right now, but in the fall when the shed is full of wood we are going to have problems. We have golf balls in their nest boxes and keep them clean and full of wood chips. Their run is not very large and they are much happier free ranging around the yard so I would prefer not leaving them locked in all day. Does anyone have any other ideas of what we can do? They have also been sleeping in their nest boxes, not sure if this makes a difference. When we closed their nest boxes off so they couldn't sleep there they stopped coming back to the coop at night and tried roosting in the trees. They have very nice roosts in the coop that they refuse to use for some reason.