Getting our chickens to lay in their coop has become quite the challenge. I appreciate your thoughts and advice! Here the deal: We have three black australops and two Rhode Island reds. They are a little over 6 months old. One of the austalops starting laying. First egg in the nesting box. Perfect. Then no more eggs for 5 days. Or so we thought. Then we found her nest with 5 eggs! She abandoned that nest after we took the eggs. Five days later we found another nest elsewhere on our property - with 5 more eggs! Then we didn't find any more eggs for days. Until last Saturday, when we saw one of the Reds sitting on a nest of eggs. Fifteen of them! So it looks like at least one of the Reds and the Australop are laying. We decided to keep them in the coop for three days straight, to try to impress upon them that they're supposed to lay their eggs in the coop. Today is day three. So far, only one egg laid in the coop. So it appears that they've gone on strike. (Or perhaps gone broody? They did have a nest with FIFTEEN EGGS after all!) I'm not sure why they're not laying in the coop, but I have a hunch that it could be because the coop is pretty dark inside (and we don't have an outdoor run attached since the idea was to have them free range on our 5 acres). I'd rather not "coop them up" for any longer, but I'd really like to have our eggs without hunting all over 5 acres of property to find them! Suggestions?