My girls are about 5.5 months old, and my Wyandotte just started laying this week (nothing yet from the 3 others...). I have nest boxes all set up, but she is using the opposite corner of the coop where she made a "nest" in the pine shavings. This doesn't bother me. But I was curious how long she needed to use that spot before it was set in her mind that that is THE SPOT to lay eggs? DH accidentally let the girls out early on day #2 of known laying, and the Wyandotte didn't return home to lay. It doesn't help that she seems to be the lowest in the pecking order; everyone follows the buff Orpington, so I'm not sure she'll come back if everyone else is out ranging. Since she lays around 10:30ish, should I just plan on keeping them all shut in til about 11?