Could this work? My girls are getting close (I think?? I hope???!) to laying and we never built the external nest boxes...cuz we had lots of time...boy how time flies! I cannot get the box built on my own and hubs can't help for a couple of weeks or so. So I'm wondering if I create a nest area to give them a place to lay and then put the external box in...will there be mutiny and the eggs will always be in the wrong spot? For space concerns we do need the external box...so not doing is not an option. I plan to create the temporary next area in the exact spot that we will open the coop up for the external one, only obviously inside the coop for now. As a side question, I'm suspect of one chicken in particular of being close to laying because I think she is doing the squat. Is the egg squat when they lay down when I reach down to pet or catch? She just started this yesterday but I really noticed it today as I've had to catch her several times to put her back in the pen ) She has also been in and out of the coop quite a bit over the past few days, scratching around and just spending time in there. They are never in their coop during the day. Maybe just a new habit..or pending egg? She is only 17 weeks and does not have particularly red face/wattles/comb. Maybe I'm getting my hopes up?? Thanks! I'm so super over the top excited about our first egg.....I know you get it! Sadly, if she is close, we may actually be out of town when it happens. It seems akin to missing my babes first word or step..... ~L.