One of my three hens has started laying. She had her first egg two days ago in a flower pot in the yard. (It's a big 1/2 oak barrel with a rose planted in it.) I usually let the girls out in the afternoon so that I can keep an eye on then while they free range. Sometimes I can't let them out because I have to go someplace during the day. This morning at 7am, when I let them out of the coop into their run, I was met by this frantic hen, who seemed to be absolutely beside herself, running back and forth, obviously very upset. I let everyone out of the run into the yard and she began running from here to there, looking for a place to lay her egg (I guessed)...she was in a frenzy. I got them into the back yard (the safest area) and she went right to this same pot. She had her egg and now she is back to normal. I have a nest in the coop but she (or one of the others) completely messed it up, pulling out all the hay, making it unusable. Will she always want to go to this flower pot at 7am? What happens when it starts raining? What happens when I have to go someplace during the day and can't let them out? Why won't she use the nest in the coop? Any thoughts would be appreciated.