Oh my hens are driving me bonkers!! We remodeled and expanded the coop because the design of the external nesting boxes was not working, with rain and snow around here when you lift the hatch all the water would dump in the nesting boxes making it gross,and eventually growing mold. New design is great I think, and much better for space and what not, but had this great idea (thanks pinterest.... ) to use Rubbermaid totes with lids and stack them 3 on 3 to have 6 nesting boxes. I cut holes in them and then a hand hole in the back so i can open a little window door on the outside of my coop and get eggs..... NOT working.... at first the girls were going crazy during the remodel to find a good spot to lay and as soon as I got 1 tote in I had 2 hens in one box literally sitting on top of each other laying eggs. So I get the other boxes in and it's been a total mess ever since, they slide all over the place trying to get the straw just right and have tossed all the straw out of the boxes every day, lay eggs on the floor in front of the box, flip them over, and the list goes on. I don't want to keep messing with them to try and make it just right but at a loss....Now I also have broken eggs, eaten eggs almost each day, I am not sure if they are getting broke then eaten or if i have an egg eater but I know something is up because my eggs have mysterious yolk on them but nothing left over on the bedding or box.....Here I was so excited for the remodel, but it was working so much better with my wet regular nesting boxes. I have been able to get them to use only 2 of the tubs....what to do?! Wondering about just a boxed in area that doesn't have specific nesting boxes separated out but a deep straw bed and let them make their own nests... worried about more eaten and broken eggs though.