We have about 50 chickens of various breeds that free range around the horse barn and a couple adjacent sheds. Lately we are having trouble locating the nests, all the usual places in the barn, out in the hayshed and such don't seem to have any. There are some nesting boxes as well, but they have never been especially prone to using them. Its about 70 yards or so to the edge of the woods, more of a swamp actually, real thick, almost impossible to walk through. My wife is of the opinion that they are mostly laying in the woods. If that is so, how can I encourage them to abandon that and return to the barn area to lay? Gets a mite discouraging to have the wife send me to town with a shopping list that includes both "Chicken Feed" and "Eggs"!