I'm new at this and have 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Road Island Reds that started laying eggs at 5 months old. We got one coop and a few weeks ago got another in preparation for 3 more who will be moved to the original coop next week. Right now our 4 hens are enjoying both coops. They lay in all the nesting boxes, but unfortunately have developed a bad habit of sleeping and pooping in the older coop's nesting boxes. I read one of your blogs where a member suggested placing an empty milk carton in the nesting boxes but I didn't have one so I put in 2 large Tupperware bowls instead. At first, I tried to block them from entering completely but my husband was concerned that they wouldn't have their cozy dark protective roosting area to sleep. The other 3 nesting boxes and roosting area in new coop has stayed totally clean since day one and they all lay in those boxes. Although the Buffs prefer the new coop but all 4 never sleep in there. Soon all 4 will move to the new coop as we'll have to separate them from the 3 teenagers/chicks. Am I on the right track? Will I have to block access to the nesting boxes every night forever till morning ? It didn't seem to matter on the height of the roosting bars which were at a higher level in the old coop. The new clean coop has roosting bars that were set up on the same level as the nesting boxes. Any advice would be deeply appreciated.