I have 4 Red Sex Link pullets who are 16 weeks old today. Got them as 3 day old chicks. My first chickens ever. Also added a Cochin Banty rooster of the same age to the group. One or more of the girls have started to lay this week. They are locked in their coop at night and free range during the day. I have now found two eggs, both laid in their house, but not in the nest boxes. On the wire floor. I have bedded the boxes and put a wooden egg in one before they started laying, but they don't seem to be going in there. Anything I can do to encourage laying in the nest boxes? Also, I started the chicks on layer feed on Saturday. Both of the eggs have been soft shelled. Will that improve in time? They do have oyster shell in a separate bowl that has been available for a week or so now. I've not seen them eating any of that. Both eggs have been broken and I'm wondering if the chicks are eating them and if so, how do you stop that?