Our oldest girl, a Gold-laced Wyandotte, laid her first egg today! We are incredibly proud chicken parents, but we realized we now have more questions as first time Urban Chicken Farmers! 1. Daphne laid her egg in one of her favorite spots out in the yard. We do have gold balls in the nest boxes in the coop, but during the day, they are out in the yard all day and almost never return to their run and coop until bedtime. Is there a way to encourage them to lay in the nest boxes? Should we put the egg in a nest box? We have seven girls so if they all decide to start laying around the yard, we could end up having daily egg hunts. 2. We left the egg in place to take (lots) of pictures, but then she came back and sat on it. We took it away so she wouldn't become broody, but she is still just sitting in her egg laying spot while the other girls are running around the yard. Is this normal for a first time egg layer? She's pecking at the dogs when they come near like she is still protecting her egg. She wouldn't even get up to join the girls for a snack, which, for her, is shocking! 3. The rest of our girls are 2-4 weeks younger than Daphne. When should I switch them over to the layer feed. Do I wait until they are all laying or should I switch now that we have one layer? Any info is, as always, so appreciated. Wish I could add a picture of our beautiful girl and her first little eggie!