My chickens (or really just one of them, my EE) are starting to lay. They live in a covered run with a coop inside of it, raised off the ground. They spend pretty much all of their time outside in the run and only go inside to sleep when it gets dark. The one that is laying hasn't really figured out about the nesting boxes, so she just lays on the ground. I have 5 nesting boxes, one for each chicken, and a wide door that opens up behind the nesting boxes to retrieve eggs. What could I do to encourage her to lay in the nesting boxes? I keep them clean, but I was thinking I could maybe leave the door behind the nesting boxes open to keep the coop more light/open/accessible to the hens just to kind of remind them that the boxes are there. I don't want to wait to long so that she's already formed the habit of laying wherever. Also, since she doesn't lay in the same spot, I found two eggs from an unknown date today and I'm wondering if they're okay to eat. Since she layed today, yesterday, and sunday, I think they might be from last week but it has been pretty cold which might help preserve the eggs a little more. I just hate to see the eggs go to waste.