My girls are getting close to laying. Their combs and wattles are getting big and red and I think one of them made the "squat-thing" yesterday when I petted her. When we build the coop we covered the nesting boxes to discourage them sleeping in them. One week ago we opened them up, I made it all cozy with hay and put some golf balls in a couple of boxes. We have 6 boxes and 4 of them have golf balls in them. The girls show no interest in the nesting boxes, none of them has been in there, I can tell because the hay is not rearranged, it is still a big pile not walked on. Usually I let them out in the morning around 8 and let them free range all day. Now I am worried that they will make nests and start laying around our property, we have 10 acres and some wooded area where they love to hide in the shade. Today I started to leave them in the run, which is plenty big (20x30), and I am planning on letting them out only in the afternoon. Does that seem to be a good plan ??? Do they only show interest in nesting boxes when they really are laying ??