What does everyone put in the nest boxes? We have been using straw. Which works okay.. but our hens, which have just started laying about a week ago, scratch alot of the straw out. I have noticed too that while there may be this nice "nest" they have made in the box, the very bottom is bare if that makes any sense.. We have six chickens.. and five nest boxes.. they seem to favor two of the five boxes. Is it normal for them to scratch alot out? The boxes are about 10 inches deep. They are recycled old cabinet drawers. So far we have gotten an egg almost every day. So Im assuming one or two of the chickens are laying and the others are not yet. Todays egg was huge compared to the first tiny ones.. it looked like a normal "store bought" egg.. there was a tiny crack and hole in the end of the egg.. Im assuming it was due to the nest box it was layed in, not having a nice cushion of straw were she scratched some out.