Hens have a natural instinct to lay their eggs in a safe place and they like to do it privately.
In olden times, besides other places where hens laid eggs, our ranchers sometimes made baskets just for the hens to lay their eggs. They were called ålan månnok. Åla means "basket," and månnok means "chicken."
You can see in the pic above that the basket is open wide enough for the hen to go inside and lay her eggs cozily.
Kids used to say this verse in the old days :
Punidera, punidera! Falak guato gi alå-mo!
(Hen, hen! Go over to your basket!)
Ennao guiya i hilitai, ya u tinicho' i chadå'-mo!
(There's the iguana, and it will devour your eggs!)
The hilitai (iguana) is a lizard that loves to eat chicken eggs, as well as the chickens! And many other things besides.