I let my chickens out every day for as long as I can (usually hours). I go to work at 2:30pm and can't let them out past that time because I am gone (and haven't yet figured out a way in which to protect them from predators and let them range at the same time. My question is this: when they start laying, how can I ensure they will lay the eggs in the coop? The chickies are always excited to come out, so I am worried that if I open the door for them to come out while one is about to lay they will come out and then lay out there later. If anyone is in a similar situation what do you do? I have heard a lot of people say not to let them out before noon. But this is impractical because of when I have to work and also I would assume they would lay eggs at different times different days, right?