Now, since the new hens have begun to lay, I suspect that a few of my older hens may be laying elsewhere. They all FR during the day, though they have free access to the coop at all times for laying. With the 4 hens, I used to get 2-4 eggs per day. Now, I'm getting 3-5 eggs per day, once in a great while, 6. It seems like I should be getting more eggs per day with 10 laying-age hens, though perhaps not. Anyway, I'm concerned that some of the hens are laying elsewhere as the plastic bin nests (their favorite) are frequently occupied and they don't feel compelled to try the upper boxes.
Should I try removing the plastic bin nest boxes altogether to try to force them to use the upper boxes? Add a ladder so they can access the upper boxes more easily (they are at the same high or lower than the roosts, which they have no problem getting to)? I'm open to suggestions! Thanks!