Is there any way to tell for sure if they are trying to set up to hatch? Should we collect or try to move those eggs? They are all out in the yard all day from just before lunch to evening time, they go in the coop then.
Do you have a couple nests in the coop?
You might want to put a couple of fake eggs/golf balls in the nests and lock the hens in the coop for a few days until they get the idea of where you want them to lay.