Does anyone else have hens that will change nest boxes from week to week? I have EE that lays green eggs and keeps the same nest box, but the other hens are all over the place. I have to check all the nest boxes everyday, to make sure they didn't change their mind and put in to a new box. I put clean hay in the boxes often. I just don't understand them at all. I have Easter Egger, Cuckoo Marans, Ameraucanas and Buff Orpingtons.
Our Black Australorps are the only ones we have that are laying right now. There are five hens and six nest boxes and yes, they like to switch nests. There are favorite spots, but their choice usually seems to be dictated by whether or not a hen has laid an egg in it previously or if there is a fake egg in it. If you want to encourage them to lay in specific nests, just place a plastic Easter egg or even a golf ball in the ones you'd prefer. It's not a 100% guarantee, but it will certainly encourage them. However, if you don't really have a problem with it, just let them do their thing. It's normal as far as I know.