Hi At 6pm, the hens were chillaxin' in the dust in the barn. At 7 pm, they were wandering around (sunset is at 8:30 pm) and one of the hens was AWOL, but nothing to worry about because she does that once a day....except she didn't come back at dusk. I've noticed a drop in egg production (I only have two hens and two pullets) so I've been suspecting a secret nest, but I really know nothing about them. Is it possible she went to squirt out an egg in her secret nest but it got dark out and she couldn't see to return? We checked everywhere we could think of with a flashlight, both in the tall hay and in the low branches, but couldn't find her. She's the smart one ; I named the other "Babs" after the dumb one in Chicken Run. I'm a fatalist, so if she was meant to survive, she will, but I'd still like to know more about these secret nests. And I'll be up all night worried about her despite my fatalism. Would they put them near/in areas where cats or foxes would likely be? How savvy are hens, anyway? How far away would a secret nest be from the coop? Should I be making an attractive spot for a new secret nest just so I know where to find her? Thanks in advance for any help. This is new territory for me.