Got my first egg today! It was a tiny little thing, but still exciting. One of my hens has been wondering around making this squawking sound all week. Now I'm thinking she was trying to tell us that she wanted to lay an egg but couldn't find a suitable spot. So, here's my question: Why won't she use the nesting box? My chickens mostly free range, so knowing that they are close to that egg laying age I've been checking out bushes for a while and nothing. Today I decided to keep em cooped up thinking that would encourage her to use the nesting box. Instead she laid the egg right on the coop floor! I set up two perfectly good (clean!) nesting boxes using milk crates (which I've heard from friends work just fine) and instead she lays right on the poopy floor. I elevated the nesting boxes after reading they prefer that, but it seems like all the spots she was checking out are on the floor. Should I lower the nesting boxes? Or are my hens divas that won't lay in a dressed up milk crate. I also put a little plastic ball in one of the boxes hearing that would encourage them only to find it on the coop floor one day.