I suspected my pullets were getting ready to lay, so 2 weeks ago I locked them up in their yard. Prior to that they were free ranging all day. I figured it would be impossible to find eggs if they did so I shut the door on the pen. Surprisingly, the next day there was an egg on the coop floor (they won't use the nest boxes) and in 2 weeks we've gotten 14 eggs total. I'm starting to feel bad for them because they used to roam all over and now they're stuck. And with them being locked up, my feed bill has doubled! Neither is good . So my question now is, is it likely they will return to the coop to lay (now that they've been doing it for 2 weeks) or will they just lay anywhere in the yard if I let them out? They, by the way, are 6 month old Lt Brahmas.