We have a 6 month old Welsummer, Coco, who began laying maybe a month ago. We have had a terrible time keeping her in our yard - we are on one acre and the chickens free range in the backyard. She keeps jumping our fence into the front yard - we thought laying there but we could never find a nest. We have been keeping the chickens in the coop until about 1pm each day - hoping she will start laying in the nest boxes. Today, I got home late (3:45). When I went out to let them out, Coco ran as fast as she could to the front and jumped the fence again. By the time I had walked over to where she was, she was GONE. I looked all around the front yard, but could not find her anywhere. Since she can jump the fence back into the backyard, I just went inside. About 15 mins later, I heard the Egg song in the side yard and found her in the back again. This is getting old... So, my hubby went out front and did some serious searching and came across her nest in the front bushes, under the ornamental grass. 16 EGGS! I am so happy to know where she is laying now. At least we can still gather the eggs, even if she doesn't lay in the nest box like she should. Questions: Wonder if the eggs are any good? One was warm so I knew that was todays Anyway to tell if they are good to eat? Also, any way to get her to lay in the nest boxes? It seemed like today, she was just "holding it" until we let her out! I don't want to have them penned up in the run ALL the time.