In early May I purchased some straight run bantam chicks from Ideal Poultry. I culled out all the roosters and kept 4 Brahma, 4 Cochin and 4 NH Red hens. These birds have been a problem all along. None of them would roost, instead they pile into the corner at night. When they started laying most would not lay in the nests, but instead in the litter here and there. This ended up with some very dirty hens and eggs. I did not get these birds as egg layers, but thought the eggs would be a good byproduct to having the flock. I tried many different things to get them to roost and use the nest boxes to no avail. I don't know whether the problem is with the birds or my managment skills. I have dispossed of the birds for the winter and will reasess the situation early in the spring. In the mean time I hope to study the problems to make sure I can be successful if tried again. I have an 8' by 8' coop with plenty of ventilation, an 8' by 12' run and 4 nest boxes. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! THANKS!