My neighbor called me today to say one of my hens has been hanging around her porch steps lately and may be leaving eggs there. I went to take a peek, and sure enough there were 8 eggs in hidden in a spot just under the porch steps. The hen isn't broody, she just decided she likes that place better than the nest box. Which leads me to these questions: How do I break this bad habit? I am guessing I need to confine the rogue hen to the run for a while, but for how long? Are the eggs safe to eat? Four of the eggs were cracked, so I tossed them, but the others were surprisingly intact. I live in CT, where there is still a ton of snow on the ground and night time temps have been below freezing. The last couple of days have been in the 40s and 50s. I hate to throw out those last 4 eggs if they are safe to eat, keeping in mind that the oldest one could have been sitting there for over a week (although I would imagine the cracked eggs had been frozen, so the intact eggs were probably laid over the past few days when things warmed up a bit). I have 5 hens and two nest boxes. They don't normally seem to mind sharing, and sometimes I'll find two hens sitting in the same box -- next to an empty box, of course -- and seeming perfectly happy. Thanks in advance for any advice!