I had noticed a lack of eggs because the flock is still new here...we got a flock of layers from my brother just shy of 3 weeks ago. So anyway, I was poking around the bushes today and found a nest with 8 eggs in it. We have 10 layers and yesterday we did catch one laying in the bushes, but didn't notice these others. My guess is that some were laid yesterday, and some today...but I honestly can't be certain of that. So, I've got some questions: -What's the time limit on whether these eggs are still good (for eating)? -If no hen was sitting on them, what are the chances these would be hatch-able? -I candled...sort of, with a crude flashlight in a dark closet...and didn't notice anything. Does that matter? -How do I prevent the hens from laying there in the future??