Hello all! I am a new chicken mama with 10 hens and 1 rooster. I am thinking about letting them free range - they have a pretty large run, but we don't use the majority of our 2.5 acres, so I thought it would be nice for them to get out and nice for me to get some free weed control! Some questions though... 1) All of my chickens are 19 weeks old, and only one of them (a Gold Sex-Link) has started laying. Her first egg was on the ground in the coop, all of her eggs since (reliably 1 egg/day) have been in a nesting box. Will she continue to lay in the nesting box? Will the other girls lay wherever they feel like it? I don't like the idea of searching over 2 acres for eggs... 2) How reliably do they usually come back to the coop at night? I live in the high desert, and right now it gets in the 80s during the day and drops to the 40s at night. Will they come back in at dark? I have noticed in the mornings, on my way to work at 645AM (and every day the days are getting shorter), they aren't really out of their coop yet - just the rooster. Is this a good indication that they will come into the coop at night? 3) Two of my girls (the two Black Australorps) are quite the bullies, to the point that I may need to separate them. Although their run is pretty large, could letting them free range "cure" this behavior? Thanks in advance!