My husband and I have inherited a crew of chickens. They are what I would call free range(?) They rooste at night in our trees and run our property during the day. The hens began laying about 1-1.5 months ago. We began finding eggs at various places all around our barn. Once we found where they were laying we started picking up the eggs daily. As this worked for a bit, generally they just began laying in new locations. In time we found the spot where the hens most perferred to lay (seemed they would stand in line to take turns laying in the same spot) We would pick up all eggs but one daily and they seemed pretty happy with the process.....for about two weeks. We finally purchased a few fake eggs to leave in their nests so we could pick up eggs daily. We also made more nesting spots avaiable as they did seem to wait inline to nest. Seemed as all was going well till a couple of the hens decided they no longer wanted to get off the nest. We removed the fake eggs and one of the hens left the nest while the other continues to sit on her nest (no eggs). In the meantime all the hens have stopped nesting in this location. Do hens lay for awhile then just stop?? We continue searching for new laying spots as we do not want more chickens running around we must have 12-15 running the property at any given time. I have a picture of the lil gal that wont leave her eggless post I will upload.