So, I have the smallest possible flock -- two hens. I know this isn't ideal, and more would be better, but two are what I have room for and can manage to care for by myself and keep at a noise minimum for neighbors. I am pretty sure that one hen is ready to lay -- she has been squatting for at least a few days, and I think she was practicing an egg song a little while ago. All morning, neither hen would come down from the coop, and I wondered if perhaps Odette (the hen who is ready to lay) wanted to stay up there to lay but her sister (Odile) was crowding her. I don't know if hens need privacy when they lay eggs. I thought Odette might want to have a little space to lay, so I took Odile and put her into the run. Odette just followed her out of the coop, though. There is a nesting box in the coop with straw in it. Any thoughts? Thanks and happy holidays.