Could there be any unpleasant shocks if I give these eggs (see below) to friends and neighbors to eat? I'm concerned in case there's a possibility of them finding chick embryos in the eggs. I have a rooster and three hens, all free ranging except at night when I close them in their coop. I've noticed the rooster and some of the hens copulating, starting a couple of weeks ago. Two of the hens started laying eggs in the nesting box about three weeks ago. The other hen hasn't been interested in the nesting box. Yesterday, after that 'other' (third) hen had been missing for over four hours (and that's the first time she's been noticeably missing) I found her in a 'wild' nest she's obviously made for herself in a secluded spot, on the other side of the garden fence - with two dozen eggs beneath her!!!!! The weather here in California turned a little cool only a couple of days ago, after being pretty nice and warm or hot for months. What are the chances of the two dozen eggs I found in the wild nest being perfectly edible? I tried one, at random of course, today and it was perfectly edible. Also, can you offer practical suggestions borne out of successful experience encouraging such a hen to lay in the nesting box, like her sisters, instead of in her own nest outside the coop? After I first noticed one of the hens going missing for an hour or so per day, I searched the garden and I found eggs in a secluded and hidden spot. Then, I constructed a two-compartment laying box and put straw inside it; and two of the three hens took to immediately - each laying one egg per day there for about the last two weeks.