We have 4 hens and 5 pullets (not laying yet, any day now). Only one of the hens lays (other three are freeloaders), and she had been hiding her egg in a different spot every day. This proved both annoying and time consuming to find it, as they free range all day. To discourage this with the younger ones, I got some golf balls and left them where I want them to lay. Lo and behold, the hen has stopped hiding her egg and laid it next to the golf balls for the last three days ! More great advice from BYC ! Love this web site !