Hi All! I've been reading here for a few weeks and have learned lots, but I'm not sure about a few things and would greatly appreciate your advice. My hubby bought 7 Cinnamon Queen hens 3 weeks ago. (I think 2 are pullets) They live in an a-frame tractor type coop on our farm. Last week, I started letting them out for 2-3 hours a day to roam freely, but they don't go far and I'll often find them back inside when I go out to put them back in. We have 6 left because my ACD killed one which was totally my fault because I was not watching him closely enough. Now, I put the dog up if the chickens are out unless I can be right there by his side. He knows not to mess with them, but his instinct kicks in unless we're there to remind him. The coop has 5 laying boxes on each end, but one end is blocked off and we're using it for supplies, so we have 5 usuable laying boxes. They are pooping in the top two boxes, despite the fact that I clean it out daily and I've put plastic eggs in the boxes. They are laying eggs in two of the three lower boxes, and I've learned here that 3 boxes is more than enough for 6 hens. So, should we block off the top two boxes to keep them from pooping in them, or just not worry about it? (those two are higher than the roosts and I don't see a way to change that) I think one is sleeping "upstairs" because the others are mean to her. We started getting eggs the second week they were here, and now we're getting 4 eggs a day. Hoping for 5 today! I'm not much of a 'bird person," but I have to admit I'm enjoying them. They are very gentle, they start "talking" as soon as they see me walking toward their coop, and they love any kind of treat I give them. I think our chickens are working second shift because they don't lay thier eggs until about noon. Is there anything I can do to get those sleepy heads laying earlier? Thanks in advance for any advice and thanks for all the great info here!