Polly has some sort of a complex, I'm sure. But, I was just wondering, do any of your chickens refuse to lay in the coop or nesting box? We have a community box where the girls take turns or lay side-by-side every morning. It also makes for a good snuggling area on cold rainy days here up North. Polly, our RR, recently started laying (late bloomer, I guess?) and laid her first two or three eggs in the box with the others. Then her strange behavior started. She started trying to bust down the door to get into my kitchen! She was squawking uncontrollably and completely inconsolable. No scratch grains or tomatoes could shut her up. Then she took off across the yard to the plywood shed we keep our wood pellets in, and so I put shoes on and followed her. I couldn't find her for a few minutes until I heard a faint purring noise...There she was, surrounded by power tools, fencing, trash bags, etc....excavating furiously. And it was there that she laid her egg. Now she won't lay anywhere else! I can't stand the sound of her pathetic squawking and frantic pacing. I have even tried making her a private box just outside the shed, but to no avail. She wants in...or just wants privacy maybe? Today I put a little hay in her little hole in the ground to try to get her to associate laying with being in hay (which is in the nesting box). And our nesting box is HUGE! it's like 3 feet wide, and the other girls only lay in one corner, she has all the rest to herself. I don't know what to do, I'm at a total loss. I fear if I close the shed up and ignore her, she'll just go lay in the woods somewhere and we'll never see her eggs again. And what do we do in the winter time!? Have you ever seen a chicken wading through waddle-deep snow? Any help is so much appreciated! How do we cure her laying anxiety?!