Hi, I see this issue has come up before and I have read those posts...looks like we will have to confine our little scamp of a RIR to quarters for awhile, but I have a couple other questions too. Here's the story: For a couple weeks I have noticed one of our RIRs racing -- and I mean sprinting -- out of the coop when released in the mid a.m. and heading toward a forested area of our yard. I finally figured out this is something I should check (slow, I know, but this is all new to us...the coop has only been in use for 3 weeks). So, followed her and found a nest at the base of a fir tree with 12 eggs! I have collected the eggs and dismantled the nest. We are going to try and keep the girl in the coop now. The other 6 hens all use the nesting boxes...been getting about 3 a day, so didn't notice the missing eggs. Follow up questions: How long should I confine the poor girl? She is not going to like being alone...I guess I should confine a pal too? Doesn't seem fair to the pal though. Should I "bait" the boxes with eggs or golf balls right away? Should I use some of "her" eggs -- would she recognize them as hers? Also, the weather has been cool here and I tested all the eggs in water -- none floated. So...you know what I am asking here: Can we keep and use the eggs?! Hope so -- it was kinda fun to fill an egg carton in one fell swoop! I am sort of embarrassed this took so long for me to figure out...thanks for helping me put it right. I want to keep free ranging the girls for at least part of every day, but there is too much space in our yard to allow this sort of egg-laying lawlessness!