I just made a nesting box outside the coop to try and alleviate any crowding and competition I may have once laying picks up this spring. My coop is small and there was no room inside for another box, so I made one outside near the coop. It's a 5 gallon bucket with another cut open and spread on top to act as a weather guard. The nesting box they have inside the coop now is also a 5 gallon bucket, so I'm hoping they take to it. This one is obviously not as secure and safe as one nestled inside a dark coop, so I don't know if they'll use it. They did use a dog kennel I left in the run for a while before I caught on to them! Laid 19 eggs inside before I realized they were using it! Anyone else have something like this? How'd it work out for you?