I have 4 hens who free range. When I say free range, I mean the leave home at the crack of daylight and don't return until the end of the day. Once daylight hits, I open the coop and give them some kitchen scraps, check their water and feeder (they have them inside and outside) They eat some and follow me out of the hen run. They wander all day long. They have a routine and make the circle a couple times each day. They are serious foragers, but will make a stop or two during the day in the hen yard to finish up morning treats and get some commercial feed. They are at the 20 week mark and their comb/waddles are red and have grown every day. I believe that they are near laying thier first eggs. I have no older hens to be their leader. I have golf balls in their nest boxes. Here is my question.....Do I start confining the ladies each day until 10 or 11 to help encourage them to lay in the nest boxes? Or do I make the rounds every day to see if they have laid an egg in one of their stops through out the day? As long as they don't lay on their daily rounds don't borrow trouble and confine them. My ladies have 3 x 8 coop, with two next boxes are the exterior type, jutting out on one wall. They have a 20 x 50 chicken yard, plus a 20 x20 three sided old shed/shelter, so they can be outside without having to brave all the elements. They also have two next boxes in a back corner of this shet with the golf balls as well. Any thoughts....confine or don't confine?