We have 7 hens who all want to use 1 nest box. We have 2 boxes (we had started with 4 hens and then ended up taking in 3 new ones this spring). We thought we should probably add another box or two though are struggling with where to put them as the coop itself is rather small. They only go in to lay, and at night otherwise they free range and have a large covered area under the coop where their food & water is. Just found a clutch of 4 eggs up in the tree line by one of the new girls, another one laid in the compost bin. But the nest box is also used by these same hens so it isn't as if they don't know where to lay. But I wonder if the one box is occupied, they kind of shrug and think, hmmm....I'll just go find a spot in the yard instead. It is ALWAYS the same box. I'm wondering even if I add another box or two if it will make any difference. Should I maybe do 2 more boxes but down in the run? It's sheltered and clean. Would this matter? Or will they all still duke it out over the 1 box. We've had chickens for nearly 2 years now and no one wants to use the left hand box. Gaaaah! Any thoughts??