My mixed flock of ten layers are at 6-1/2 months and laying well. I had been keeping them in the coop until noon or later because I was worried that they would lay in the woods if I let them out earlier. As an experiment I let them out at 7 am today. They all went out to range but each came dutifully into their nest box to lay. The last egg came around 3 pm. Ended up with 8 eggs. I will keep letting them out early until I find a good reason not to.