God bless their little souls...they know where the good life is...now only if they would leave an egg or two here I wouldn't mind! See...what had happened was.... The neighbors ran out and bought chickens (full grown, chickens) when they saw my little babies this spring. Cool, we can be chicken buddies Then, only 3 hens and the rooster survived the wilds of our little dirt road. Survival rate in my flock = MUCH better...but I keep mine in a coop at night, safe, etc...these chickens just kind of roam, have since day one really. That is part of why I wasn't too worried about bio-contamination type stuff. They already pooped all over my yard...I wasn't going to bleach my yard to remove said poop, so I didn't worry myself too much over it. they USED TO go home to sleep and lay eggs...but now... Well now, tonight, I noticed that the neighbors hens are all ASLEEP ON TOP OF MY RUN TO MY COOP! I though they were mine, I was late locking up since we had been out riding, and I grabbed the broom to shoo them down and in when I stopped and did a head count. YUP! THREE EXTRAS! Now, I know they eat my chicken food, drink my water, and apparently are sleeping with my hens! SO....I've always said an egg in my yard is my egg - possession being nine tenths of the law and all...but is it unethical to ENCOURAGE them to lay eggs over here? Honestly, I like these neighbors, they are pretty cool...just not so great with the animals. I know they don't feed the chickens - I asked one time what they fed and they looked at me crazy. Which, to each his own, but clearly they are more than happy to come eat my pelleted feed...so is an occasional egg in one of my nest boxes bad? See...what I was thinking was...maybe if I should JUST SO HAPPEN to set a nest box in the yard that should JUST SO HAPPEN to have a few encouraging golf balls in it, MAYBE I would find an egg...just saying... I know it sounds evil ya'll, but I regularly throw the NON horse quality hay out to their goats and set out water for their dog most of the summer...I think they mean well...but don't realize that the animals need just a smidge more attention than they have been getting....so am I an evil egg thief for even thinking this? Because when I saw them sleeping up there all snuggly...all I could think was "Now, where's my eggs?" UPDATE!!!!! SOOOOO.......I came home from work today about 1pm-ish after being gone ALLL night and morning. I had a crummy day, lots of corporate peoples hanging about, frustrating new computers installed, etc....WELL WE GOT A DARK BROWN GIANT EGG! IN THE OUTSIDE OF THE COOP NEST BOX! AND my chickens were all still in the coop/run! SO I KNOW A FREE LOADER LAID IT! It's working!! I still feel a smidge guilty, BUT I DO feed these chickens by proxy and they are offered all the same kindnesses my little angels are...so I have decided to eat it for breakfast in a while and not worry anymore (PLUS ya'll agree you would do it too ) So thank you BYC Silly, I know, but I had to tell some chicken people 'cause only ya'll would get it!