I'm "sharing" my yard with 3 completely free range RIR's for the first time this year and would like some advice. They haven't layed any eggs yet but they're coming hopefully in a few weeks. The girls only go into their coop at night, during the day they have the complete run of our 5 acres which is mostly wooded. My question is, how do I find eggs when they do start laying? Will they go back to the coop to lay them or will they just drop them in the woods somewhere? If I do find a random egg in the yard how will I know it is that day's egg and not an old one? How long can the eggs sit outside and still be good? I have 2 nesting boxes which they have shown no interest in yet. Should I start keepin them in their run when they start laying? They LOVE having free range as they get to eat lots of bugs and all of my pretty flowers. haha. Spoiled birds. Our neighbor was happy to hear that we have chickens because the previous owner of our house had them and their chickens would lay eggs in the neighbor's barn. She loved the fresh eggs every day .