I don't know what to do. We are fairly new to chicken-dom and until about a month ago, I had two laying hens and two that were only a few weeks old (one hen and one roo) I got 4 new layers from a friend who didn't want them anymore and everything seemed ok except for our "queen" laid one egg in the coop and then after that, she seemed to be going off for periods of time during the day but would come back at night and roost in the coop (the new girls seem to want to roost in the run outside of the coop and I have been letting them) She just hatched the roo-let and hen-let (sorry, forgot the real term) that are now 8 or 9 weeks old. Those eggs were gotten from freecycle when she went broody because we didn't have a rooster. So we've been suspecting that she's laying her eggs in the woods across the road from us but it's very thick and we can't get to it or even find it. However she has been roosting in the coop every night until last night. She was gone from the time I let her out of the coop yesterday morning until this morning...she showed back up around 10:30. I took her and closed her up for the time being and have given her an egg to sit on in case that helps but am not sure what to do. I had to take the nest box out and put it outside the run for the other hens (who are doing a lot of squawking about why there nest box is out of it's proper place) Not sure what to do...HELP! I do have a large dog crate (metal) that I could put inside the run and keep her enclosed there so that the others can come and go but am just not sure if I should be confining her at all. I don't have a problem so much with her brooding (although they won't hatch....roo only 9 weeks old) But just worry about her safety at night. HELP!