My chickens are 18 weeks now, They just started laying last week. I get about 1 egg a day now and have 7 hens so they aren't on a schedule yet. Some times I'll get a brown egg or white egg, never more than one. although lastight I saw there were 2 egg that were soft shells and broke in the coop so I would have gotten 3. But my problem is with them laying all over the place! I put a nesting box with some straw and a few golf balls the other night. In the morning the golf balls and straw were all missing and no egg! One of our hens ended up laying on our porch at 6PM that night. So lastnight i replaced the straw and golf balls in the nesting box along with a real egg. This morning I wake up and the egg, gold balls and straw are all out of the nesting box. There is a circular area in the star stack that is pushed down ( nest maybe?) With an egg in the center. Any ideas how to get them to lay in the nesting box? I have a feeling they are laying though out the day where ever they want. it's like an egg hunt every day, We live on 5 acres so it's pretty impossible to check the entire 5 acres for an egg!