I hope someone can give me some insight into why my chickens keep removing the straw from their nesting boxes, which they have been doing for the last couple of weeks. I have three 18 month old chickens who are currently not laying (they just finished molting and we only have 9-1/2 hours of daylight) and three 8 month old pullets. One of the pullets started laying yesterday and I expect the other two will begin soon. I'm thinking that it is probably the pullets that are doing this but I'm not sure. I keep a ceramic egg in one of the boxes because this past summer my brown leghorn started laying in other areas in the coop. I tried removing the fake egg after a few weeks but she started not using the nesting box again so I put it back in. The fake egg did not seem to bother the chickens at all so I've just left it there. This ceramic egg is kicked out along with the straw leaving the boxes totally empty. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!