If I don't close off my egg boxes, the chickens sleep in them and they are filled with poop the next morning. I had left it closed off when they stopped laying around December (well, of my 3 hens, only 2 lay eggs - the other never laid eggs and she's 1.5 years old now, but a favorite of my kids so we keep the freeloader around for sentimental reasons). We also hatched 6 new chicks in November that have been out in the coop with the hens since they were 2 weeks old. Since they were out there young, they roost when sleeping with no problem. However, my 3 hens had no roost until they were 2 months old, and I was never able to get them to sleep roosting, no matter how many tricks I tried. So they sleep in the corners of the coop on the coop floor, but if the egg boxes are open, they will try to sleep in there. One of my hens started laying an egg in the coop every 4-5 days about 2 weeks ago, so I opened up the egg box for her, but the next morning it was FILLED with poop, not just from the hens, but the chicks must have been playing in there too. This is making my chicken-keeping quite a headache, especially in this rainy, snowy, miserable winter we are having. I am thinking about buying a couple of those portable plastic egg boxes they sell at TSC and putting them inside the coop for the hens to sleep in. Do you think this might work and that they will sleep in the ones in the coop, and lay eggs in the real next box? Even so, I will probably have to wait until the chicks start laying in the spring, right? Otherwise they will play and poop in there too? They are about 13 weeks old now.