Okay, here's my dilemma: We have a 20-month old BR couple, Chuck and Frieda, who are what's left of the original flock of 4 we inherited back in May. The other 2 ended up being roosters, too, and we traded them in for some pullets, who are probably about 3 or so months old. We've had the new girls for 2 weeks now, but Chuck and Frieda are totally focused on each other, and won't have much to do with the newbies. The problem is that Frieda just started laying this week, and every time she tries to go into the hen house to sit in her nesting box, Chuck follows her inside and bugs her. He stands there, stares at her, and tries to climb into the box with her. This seems to really irritate her, and so she'll leave, only to return 10 minutes later (because that egg HAS TO COME OUT), and the whole thing starts over again. Should we close the hatch and lock her in there by herself until she's finished, or will that freak her out? And how long does it take a newly laying hen anyway, to produce an egg? Minutes? An hour? We'd really appreciate some input. Thanks!