We are first time chicken owners. I think we went wrong in mounting the nest box when the pullets were too young to have a desire to nest. Now they are accustomed to sleeping (and pooping) there. The oldest hen is ~ 20 weeks, so she could be ready to begin laying soon. I would prefer the eggs be protected from both trampling and fouling. I looked on the forum listings for at least 8 pages. I only saw one thread on this topic. It suggested blocking the entrance to the nest box, which I will certainly do today. Do I just close it at night and open it again during the day? But what about hens who might want access in the early morning hours? I don't want to encourage egg laying in the roosting area. Thanks for the advice.