I've been lurking for a couple of weeks but have learned so much from this board! My question - I have 2 RIR's that have been laying for a few weeks now. My BR and BO have finally joined them in laying as well. I was out of town last week and my husband found three eggs in the coop one day (they were locked up all day). I was thrilled but the next day, I only got 2. The following day, I had three again (they were let out in the morning), but the third one was different than the one my husband found 2 days prior. I started to suspect that both the BR and BO were now laying. I also heard "egg songs" being sung in the woods where they were foraging. I tried to check in several locations they hang out during the day but found nothing. I caught the BO by herself one day singing the song and I checked all over - nothing. Two days ago we were gone until three in the afternoon - checked the hen house - four eggs! Yesterday, I left them in their run until 12:30 pm - four eggs again! Normally they are let out between 8 - 9 am and they are locked back up at dusk. The RIR's go in the hen house throughout the day and lay in their nest. Can I get the BO & BR used to laying in their nest by leaving them in until afternoon? Or will they still lay somewhere else if I let them out in the morning? I'm going to let them out tomorrow morning and see if the BO & BR go back in to lay. I'm just curious if they can be "trained" to lay in the hen house if they are kept in for a few days?