Today I was in the dairy barn looking for the feed scoop when I happened upon an undiscovered nest of eggs in a feed bin. One of the many problems with letting my chickens have free range of the entire farm.
It’s not that they don’t have plenty of nest boxes.
I think they are just being lazy. They go to the dairy barn for bits of corn and don’t want to walk all the way back to the chicken house to lay, so they just run around willy-nilly laying eggs wherever they fancy. Which wouldn’t be a problem if they would tell me.
Most of the hens comply and lay in the nest boxes I’ve provided, but there are still a few rebels who refuse to cooperate.