We have 5 hens, 2 of which are laying. Our lead hen has been laying reliably in the nest box all summer with no issues and the second girl just started laying within the last couple of weeks. The problem we're having is that with the change in weather, the girls have started kicking all the straw out of their nest boxes into the center of the coop floor, and making their nest there. I put a retaining board up in front of the boxes to prevent that, but they are determined to redecorate. Does anyone have an idea for why they might be doing this? What can I change so they go back to the boxes? I'm afraid that if the eggs are left out, they will get pecked out of chicken curiosity, broken and eaten. An early picture of the interior. Since this picture was taken, the roost was moved. I've installed a 1x3 to keep the straw in, and a divider to make 2 boxes out of the one big one. Each nest is about 1' square.