I have a friend who has no chickens, but he keeps telling me that a guy he works with used to work in commerical egg production and he says if I don't keep my hens confined it will reduce how much they lay. I have not read that in any books and honestly once my hens start laying (guessing will be late Sept) I will have more eggs than I need, but I am tired of being told not to let them out in the yard or I won't get eggs. I have a small city sized lot and the girls get out for a few hour in the afternoon during he week and have most of the day to come and go as they please on weekends. Can someone help me end the annoying debate? Does free ranging reduce egg production?