I have 3 girls who are almost 8 months old now- 2 Welsummers & 1 EE. They grew up together as baby chicks. All was well until 2 months ago when Amelia the Welsummer got egg bound the first time she tried to lay : ( it was an ordeal involving getting stitched by the vet, so she had to be isolated for 3-4 weeks. Since she's been back, though the other 2 have been mean to her. I've slowly tried to reintegrate them, but it's still difficult. They can be in the yard together without too much problems now. but generally speaking, I separate them when they are enclosed (most of the time). Amelia + 1 chicken into the coop or pen, and then the other chicken in the other location. So I have some questions about this: 1. Egg-laying location: Are there any downsides to not allowing all 3 to be in the coop during the day and having access to the nesting box? With our configuration, at most, 2 can be in the coop and lay in the nesting box, but 1 is out in the pen. So they have been taking turns being in the pen and laying their eggs in the pen (and not the nesting box). Is that a problem? I think for peace and space, it is easier to have them spaced apart like this, but I know that technically, they should all be laying their eggs in the nesting box. 2. Roosting at night: I don't trust them to be nice to Amelia, esp when all 3 are together (maybe they are a little crowded?). So I only let 2 chickens into the coop at night. Usually Amelia and a buddy (so she doesn't get ostracized again). But that means that 1 chicken sleeps in the pen. Is that ok? there is no roosting bar there or anything. We are in California and with our drought weather, it's not too cold or anything right now. I noticed that because of the pecking order, when Amelia first came back, she got kicked out of the roosting area upstairs and had to sleep downstairs near the food an water. And when all 3 have been together at night recently, I chicken roosts and guards the entrance, not allowing the other 2 to enter the roosting area. So then the other two (always includes Amelia) have to sleep in the downstairs area, no place to roost. Now 1 time it was really odd, I put Amelia there alone in the coop, thinking she would enjoy roosting by herself. Her sisters were in the pen next door. Instead, Amelia slept downstairs like she usually does and didn't use the roosting area. Anyway, any thoughts on this appreciated. It's all kind of confusing to me being a first-time chicken owner. Thanks in advance!