I have four golden laced Wyandotte pullets - they're 15 weeks old. I'm assuming I have a few weeks before they start laying, but I have a couple of questions. First, they are "pastured" in our back yard; they have a coup they go into at night, and it has nesting boxes, which so far they completely ignore. And they only go in the coup at night; otherwise, they spend all of their time out in their little yard. So, will they go back into the coup to lay in the nesting boxes? They're "pasture" is basically our lawn; not really any other "nest-able" areas. Also, I read about putting ping pong balls or something in the nesting boxes. Is that supposed to clue them in to this being the place to lay? And finally, I've read about the "egg-laying song." My girls so far are very quiet. They are constantly making noise and talking, but it amounts to really just a lot of "murmuring." It's very pretty, but you can't hear it unless you're right next to them. Do all hens make loud egg-laying songs, or are some breeds just louder than others? Thanks for any input.