My Wheaten Marans just started to lay eggs and I have a few basic questions. 1) How do I get them to use the egg laying box. They scratched around in it, but laid outside the box! Should I put an egg in the nest so they get the hint? How about a few golf balls? 2) I use wood chips for bedding. There are specs of wood chips sticking to egg, that I have to wash off. Any advice on an alternative bedding ? Also, is it okay to soak the egg in water to clean or do I gently scrub it? 3) The eggs are nice and dark, though the smooth surface is marred by scratches. How do I avoid this?