I acquired a flock of 5 hens from someone who decided to switch to ducks. The day I picked them up, they had each laid an egg for the woman before 10:30am. When I got them home, I had to keep them in small cages overnight, but the next day I supplied them with a large fenced garden plot, plenty of layer food, a coop and 3 nest boxes. One of the nest boxes had 3 eggs in it that day, and one was laid on the coop floor. The next day I got 2 eggs, the next day, one, and since then I have gotten only one or two a day out of the whole flock. I understand they need time to settle in, but does it really take longer than 10 days? They seem happy, and they come running to me when I come to the gate. I increased their protein, I've given them a little scratch to occupy them, I give them little treats at the end of the day (so it won't spoil their appetites for the layer feed). I notice though that they only use one of the nest boxes. They don't like the other two for some reason. Will they refuse to lay if the nest box they like is occupied? Here's something I think is weird: one of the hens had been acting funny for 3 days off and on, just standing with eyes half closed, not eating--but only from time to time. The other day I got home from work about 7pm and she was doing it again. I went to her, petted her and talked to her for a minute, then went in the house. When I came back out, she had laid an egg on the ground just inside the gate, at 7:30 at night! Can they hold their eggs? Why would she do that? Why not go in the nest box?