In my previous post (1/12/10) my problem was: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I thought I was being nice by letting my chickens free range during the day but now I'm not very happy. About 2 months ago I started letting the flock free range and they loved it. I was also happy because the girls would make a point to go into the coop to lay. The flock would be under the shed and I would see a hen run out from underneath, go into the coop sit awhile and then return to the flock, even if it was raining they would still make a run for the coop and lay an egg. WELL, now I am lucky to find an egg in the coop, I am finding them under the shed, in the horse's hay and even in my son's play jeep in the garage. And who knows where else they may be that I have not found. Today, I decided to not let them out and keep them in the coop. (I guess I feel like it's a punishment). I can't think of any situation that arose to change their habits, nothing out of the ordinary. Any ideas on how I can get them back to their original routine of laying in the coop? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I received great advice on keeping them in the coop for a few days and to limit their free ranging. I have had them on lockdown for two days now and well I think now they are on strike. Before - I was getting 2-3 eggs daily prior to the 'lockdown', but now maybe one a day. I have witnessed my roos getting their groove on the hens while in the coop, so I would think that would help if anything getting them to lay in case they are being spiteful. Maybe they are waiting to lay until they are let out again to return to their old nesting areas (i.e. horses hay)?? If that's the case I won't let them back out. I have put fresh hay in the nest boxes and in the corners of the coop. They have plenty of water & food. Any ideas on what their problem is?