I'm now just into my third year of living with chickens I love it and have learned so much from all of the great chicken people here at BYC. It seems, though, as soon as I solve one problem, another one pops up. So here's my current dilemma: my Specled Sussex hen Dottie went broody right out of the chute last summer as soon as she started laying at 5 months. I didn't discover her cache of 16 little pullet eggs until she had been sitting on them for over a week. I decided to let her finish it out figuring none would hatch. She actually hatched out 2 chicks (who are now grown and nice additions to my flock). As soon as she started laying in the fall she began laying in the neighbor's yard under their shed. I found her nest and figured I would let her keep it up until she started sitting and then move her into a small coop. She went into molt and out of broodiness and abandoned the eggs. Now she's back to laying and went right back to her favorite shed spot. I moved her eggs into the small coop and tried to encourage her to keep laying her eggs there. Nope- over the fence she goes and now has picked another location that I can't find. I don't mind if she lays her eggs there, but don't want her sitting there because we have raccoons, foxes, hawks, etc and I can't leave her unprotected. Why won't she just lay her eggs in the nest box like a good girl and is there any way to fix this? She is a very sweet and stubborn chicken mama!