One of my hens laid her first egg on Tuesday, between the time BirdHearder left for work at 3 and when I got home at 6pm. ( It was so EGGCITING to find an egg!!) On Wed, the same thing. On Thursday I came home, and birds were out roaming- no egg But then when I went out Friday morning at 8am, there was an egg!!! Saturday, the egg didn't appear till around 10, and today it was 11am when I went out and found a still warm egg. So the theory that it takes 25 hours to lay an egg seems to hold true- except for Thursday. So , a few questions.. Can they "hold" the egg if they aren't near the nestbox? I am fairly positive its only 1 of the 4 "ladies" laying. But the schedule was off by 12 hours the day they were roaming. I've been keeping them in the run till I get the egg, because I'm not sure- will they run back to the nestbox to lay eggs if they are free-ranging? Also there is another of the big girls I think will start laying soon. Should I keep them in the run to make sure she lays in the nestbox?