I struggled with where to put this, as it fits in coop design but could also be discussed in behaviors and egg laying....my apologies. My wife and I differed from the beginning on this, as we both saw two versions, me the half bucket design (i.e. 1 bucket = 2 nesting boxes) while she saw and favored the whole bucket design, (1 bucket = 1 bird). We opted for the 1/2 bucket route much to my wife's frustration. I liked it for the simplicity. However, our twenty birds utilized about 8 boxes as they have their little cliques and three or four of 'em would pile into one box. My wife and I were both concerned this would be an issue come laying age. So, today we changed all the 1/2 buckets out to twenty individual, whole buckets. Now, as most of you can imagine our little birds were quite unhappy with that change. Ours are not laying yet, although we expect that to begin in about another 4 weeks or so. That said, we figured that making this change now would have the least impact on their routine and allow them to "recover" before they begin laying. However, I'm somewhat at odds with my bride if it was even a good idea at all. Has anyone else ever made a drastic change to their chickens' environment and had problems with your flock adapting?