I am watching my birds here in SW PA. I have 2 sets, one set of 2M, & 2F in a coop/run, and one set of 2M, 4 F free ranging. This arrangement is working to keep the free range birds closer to home. The coop birds are consistently producing 2 eggs a day, in the late afternoon. However: My question is: For the past 48 hours, I have contained the free range birds in my barn. I have found 1 egg that was laid today-the rest i have dated with a magic marker..... So, Can they withhold laying eggs? until they get to their chosen nesting area? or???? I am trying to convince them to lay these eggs in my barn, so they are safe, and I can keep the keets safe IF they would hatch. Am I being too controlling....should I just let them do what nature says, and let the free range birds out, to lay "whereever" and let any number of things happen to them? or should I try to control their WILD BIRD laying habits?