I remember you commenting on the extra height at the front of your nest boxes in your comments on Cheepy's story. I took your advice as you can see on the new front of the isolation coop. What I hadn't realised is you use earth as a base. This I think is quite unusual but imo very important. I know nothing about your climate but as Imentioned above the problem I had with loose soil is it dried out very quickly and the hollow for the eggs collapsed. It also meant the purchase points for the hens feet tended to crumble away. I think some breeds due to characteristic breeding programs have more problems with supporting their weight than others. I would be very interested in learning about how the chickens you have cope. What made you put earth in the nesting boxes?