I got my pullets home 9 days ago. 3 RIR, 3 golden comets, and 3 barred rocks, all hatched on October 4 according to breeder. I have three nesting boxes and when I brought them home I put a golf ball in each box. I had seen this and assumed it was so the hens would "learn" what the nest boxes were for. The third day one RIR and 1 comet each laid an egg in two different boxes. I took out the golf balls and every since the comet has been laying one egg a day and nothing from the others. There is no poop in the nest boxes so I know they aren't roosting in them or anything. Is there any benefit in keeping fake eggs in at this point or should I assume they all know what the nest boxes are for. I didn't know if seeing the eggs would stimulate them to start laying or if it was only to help them realize that is where they lay eggs once ready. We are just starting to add hours to the day and it is warming up. I am assuming the move was a little stressful on them as well. The other question I have is that so far I have found eggs in each different nest box. 1 in the middle one and the remainder have been on either end. Is it common for a hen to switch this up or is it possible I have more then one laying eggs and they are just not each laying every day. Since I am consistently getting one egg a day I assumed it was the same hen but the alternating nest box had me confused.