We have 6 barred rock pullets and two sussex pullets that are a month younger that have a portable coop, but lately we have just let them freerange during the day. Tonight my husband went to the back of our large yard near an old rabbit cage or coop that was from the previous renters and there were three eggs in there. He cracked one just to make sure they were not old ones he had just never noticed and it looked fresh, it would have been very, very stinky if it had been from the previous people I told him. It is under a small lean-to built on the old barn. I am thinking that the chicken(s) laid there because it is sheltered and darker. I thought it was strange they(it) jumped down into this old hutch(cage) to lay. Ok, so do you think this is from multiple girls? Should we try and build something else for them to nest in not in the portable (PVC) coop? We are going to build a winter coop with nesting boxes, but haven't got that far. My husband made it a little easier for them to jump up on the edge and then down inside to where the eggs were and put a little pile of straw since it was just on chicken wire. Do you think we should do a search of the yard for other nests? No where else would be off the ground and dark like that. Are the eggs he found good to eat? Since we are not sure when they were laid, wouldn't we be able to tell if they were not. I hope this was not to confusing. I am excited we have at least one layer now, so anyday we should be getting some more eggs coming in.