Hi to all. I am relatively new to backyard chicken raising. My wife and I started out with 3 Buckeye and 3 Americauna chicks this past spring. We ended up with a rooster and 2 hens of both breeds. The chicks have grown into healthy birds and it is just about time for eggs. I do have a few questions. First, we let our birds roam our backyard all day most days. We have a good sized coop and also a decent sized fenced run but the birds love being free! We clipped their wings a few weeks ago as 2 adventurous birds decided to go for a walk outside our fenced in yard! Now getting back to my question....we have a nesting box in the coop. If we continue to let the girls run in the yard all day will they know to go back in the coop to lay? We have been checking under the bushes for eggs and still haven't found any eggs. Just in the past few days both roosters have started "getting busy" with the hens so I assume the hens should start laying soon. Any advise will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to making some friends here and thank you in advance for your help.