Our one EE who wasn't laying, finally laid an egg today under our deck. It was a little difficult to get to and I'm hoping to encourage her to lay somewhere else. I've hosed down the ground under the deck to muddy it up a bit, placed a five gallon bucket with some soft bedding just under the deck where we can reach it. Ideally, I'd like her to lay in the coop. They'll have a new coop next week. Two questions: How do I encourage a hen to lay in a nesting box? If the egg I found has been outside in mid 70 degree weather (but in the cool shady sand) is it still good? No cracks in it.