HELP! The first of my sweet chickens has just started laying this week. YEAH!!! However, she is not laying in the in the coop. The first five were in the coop but now she has gone off in search of greener pastures. My DH has built the best most perfect boxes and with six others soon to follow in her laying footsteps I would like to nip this in the bud. We did try to keep her in the coop for a day with another chicken for company but apparently she is a shy layer and wouldnt lay all day until I took the other chicken out. Then after that she stopped laying in the coop. They love to be in the yard and go positivly nuts if we try to keep them in their coop... spoiled I guess. I also replaced her eggs with 'fakes' (good fakes though...). Was this the wrong thing to do? I also put some in the nesting boxes to encourage laying in the boxes. She is not laying in the boxes but on the ground (first in the coop abut now elsewhere). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get them to lay in the coop?? Any advice would be appreciated.