They will be 19 weeks this thursday and I have been putting a straw/hay mix it's chopped up and I was told this would be better than straw for the nextboxes. Anyway I have been putting it in the nextboxes for the last few weeks but they keep scratching it out and all over the coop. The problem is I use sand in my coop and just scoop out the poop once or twice daily. When they scratch the straw all over it makes it harder to clean and I have to keep throwing out the straw with the poop and refreshing the nestboxes. Anyone know why they are doing this? Is it possibly a good thing like maybe they are interested in the nest boxes. The do have very large combs and waddles and they are quite red so I know they should be close to laying. I should mention that they free range most of the day. I ususally let them out about noon time and let them go back on their own at night so they get plenty of scratching time out of the coop.