There were three eggs under our broody due to hatch this Friday. Another hen has a tendency to lay her egg under broody, so I go searching for wrongly placed eggs daily. A few days ago, I remember feeling around a bit and only finding one of the fertile eggs but was distracted and didn't keep looking. Finally, today, I see the other hen brooding along with her (great, two broodies now) and kicked them both out to search the area for wrongly placed eggs, hoping to upset the partnership a bit. Lo and behold, there's only ONE fertile egg there. After combing the coop floor to no avail, I find one egg (of COURSE it's the one I really wanted - BLRW) IN A DITCH IN THE RUN COVERED WITH MUD. I remember seeing a whitish "rock" there a day or so ago and wondered at it, but, again, didn't stop to check it out, so that egg has probably been there a couple or more days. In a fit of hope, I stuck it back under the original broody who had gone back to her nest. WHAT?! I've heard of them stealing eggs, but dumping them in a ditch somewhere?! And where's the OTHER egg?! UGH!