New to chickens. Just got a flock of seven hens all between 15 and 18 weeks old. I have a covered outside run that I kept them in for several days before alowing them out to free range. As of late some of my hens have been late to return to the coop and last night three of them chose to roost outside on the top of my dog kennel. I have been closing the gate to the run once they all came in for protection so I had to catch the three AWOL hens and return them to the coop. I thought keeping them locked up initially would teach them where to come home to and for most of them it worked. So should I place my whole flock on house arrest? Also what's to stop them from laying while they are out free ranging?