I heard one of my ladies telling me she laid an egg so I went to the nest boxes to grab it and to my surprise no hen and no egg. My heavier breeds free range so I set off to find the missing hen! I found her tucked in under a wood pile that has a tarp over it. I moved her to grab the egg and much to my surprise found 12!! Now she is not broody but was laying her eggs there. We have 3 BO of laying age and only one has been laying in the boxes so I assumed the others were late starters. This was not the case and I assume the other 2 have been laying all their eggs under this wood pile. My question: I have no idea which eggs are new and which are not I assume I should not feed these eggs back to the ladies? OR can I? Also how do I encourage them to lay in the boxes? I can leave them locked up if that will help. I have 4 boxes for 7 ladies.