I was talking to a neighbor who also has laying hens about the odd laying patterns I was seeing. 5 one day 3 the next, then 5 then 2. He had the same pattern but when we compared notes his was the reverse of mine. When I had 5 he'd have two, etc. He looked at me then went in his shop and handed me several padlocks. Both us us padlocked our coops and runs. I ran a strand of nasty old rusty barb wire around the top of my run too. Since that day about a week ago we get 4 or 5 eggs every day out of five hens. It's sad because we're both known around here for giving away eggs to folks in need. If the thief had asked we would have shared.