My 5 girls are about 5 months old. I've been waiting for them to start laying. They are in their coop at night and free range all day, they like to spend a lot of time in the woods behind my house. Last week a couple of them started not wanting to come in at night, they tried roosting in the trees. A couple of nights I couldn't reach them so I let them stay out all night. They have been getting more and more "wild" acting, by which I mean going farther from the coop, and wanting to roost in places other than their coop at night. At times during the day they're so far from home I can' t even find them, but they always come back. The last three nights I've been successful at chasing them all into the coop, because I want them to be there in the mornings so they'll lay there. This morning I let them out of their coop and decided to take a walk into the woods where they were headed. There was a tarp back there draped over some logs, where my boys had tried to make a clubhouse. I had a feeling I should peak under it, and I found a next with 11 eggs in it! I have no idea how long they've been there. I've got two RIR's, one gold comet (who is a week younger than the rest), a barred rock, and an Ameracauna. All the eggs were brown and were similiar in size and color. First, how long are eggs good before being refrigerated. Every one of them passed the float test. They all sunk to the bottom and laid on their sides. Is that an accurate test? Also, how do I make the chickens lay in their coop? For all I know, there could be more nests out there! Any ideas?