Well, I'm very excited as I found 4 more eggs today from my 18 week old RIR hens ... total now of 5 eggs. But they aren't using the nesting boxes ... one was even outside on concrete ... the other 3 were together in a corner of the garage. I've been allowing my birds to free range on my acre but stay afraid of an attack by either a dog, coyote or other. It would be hard to confine them to their coop and pen but I suspect that would encourage the use of my nesting boxes in addition to ensuring their safety. What would you do?