This is an issue for a friend of mine. Any suggestions? How do I get my chickens to not use the stored straw bales and use the nesting boxes instead? At first they used the nesting boxes but now since we have 7 newer chickens, they prefer either one cardboard box which they all squawk over or a straw bale. I've put new bedding in the boxes and some of the older hens will use them most of the eggs can be found in that cardboard box which we finally had to screw down since they insisted on using it.