First things first I'm a newbie to this website and to raising chickens. My husband and kids talked me into it -so naturally I'm the one who is really taking care of them for the most part. Well we have 12 hens I believe from my looking around this site that they are ISA Browns. They started laying their eggs about the last couple weeks of August. Have 9 (well now 10) that I know are laying out of the 12. Today when I went to let the chickens out of the coop noticed one take off right away (they usually follow me around in hopes of a treat ) upon investigating found she had made her own nest with quite a few eggs deposited already. I don't know that she ever has used the nesting boxes inside the coop or not but I am wondering how I can get her to start using them. I do say she chose a well covered hide way sort of speak -won't be easy for me to get too either, think I will leave that for my 6yr old . We have been using golf balls so far anything else we could try?