I am new to the chicken world. Bought my girls the first week in August. They are 17 weeks old today so I figured I need to be on the watch out for eggs from this point on. I cleaned out their coop yesterday completely including their nesting boxes because they have been sleeping in them. When I put the new pine shavings back in, I did not put anything in the nesting boxes hoping that either they'll stay out of them, sleep elsewhere and make their nests when its time to lay... Is silly of me to think this way? 1. Should I do anything to their nesting boxes? Leave them empty, add pine shavings and golf balls, hay instead of pine?? 2. I know it varies, and I'm on the impatient side but when should I typically see my first egg? They are all different breeds (see below) so I'm sure they all lay at different rates, but I'm just getting so excited!!! I love all the advice I get here on BYC!