I have been letting my 16 hens free range on my property for a couple of months now. At first all was fine. Then I notice egg numbers down just a little. Well, now I get 6 eggs in the nest boxes if I am lucky!! I used to get 12 to 14 eggs every day! So we are always on a hunt for eggs in the woods and brush. As soon as I find one of their secret spots they stop using it. I have had a hen go broody sitting on 18 eggs before I discovered her, collected the eggs and shooed her off. I have found several secret hoards but lately they are getting more tricky. Plus these darn chickens poop all over my porch trying to get to the cat food. These girls obviously are not with the program. I feed them gourmet food, they lay eggs, I collect the eggs. So... today I did not let them out of their coop/run. The poor things are so anxious and pacing. They want out so bad! I am sure some of them are dying to lay their eggs. Guess they will just have to use the deluxe nest boxes I built for them and that they used for the first 8 months of their egg laying lives! lol Jeez! Looking forward to a load of eggs this afternoon!