I have 5 hens that are completely free range..... they have a house they go in at night ( with 3 12x12 nest boxes ) and I usually lock them in and then open it first thing in the AM. I admit I have been a little lazy about always shutting them in so sometimes then are out at the crack of dawn.... Well I have been wating FOREVER for them to start laying and my hubby just found a stash a 6 eggs out in the grass behind the barn....2 nests...5 eggs in 1 and 1 egg in the other. My SLW hen was making a bee line to go to the nest.... he took the eggs but dont know how long they have been there. I have noticed the one SLW disapearing during the day lately.. SOOO should we put the eggs in the nest boxes to show her where to lay? Should I fence them in around the chicken house for awhile? Keep them locked in the house part of the day?? Suggestions!!! I thought these darn chickens were supposed to be easy!!!!