I have 9 RIR girls and a Roo. We finally got our first eggs Saturday morning. The girls laid 3 eggs and one of those was bigger than the store purchased x-large in my fridge . We got 2 more eggs Sunday. One of the eggs were broken on the end but the membrane inside was still intact. I can only assume it was broken when it hit the nest box. All of the eggs have looked great. I am dead excited about this! Couple of question if someone want to enlighten me would be great. I have been using straw for the nest boxes, however they all seem dead excited about the material and spend their time stripping it out and digging through it. Suggestions for something else to use instead? Something less appealing on the fun factor, but still functional. I assume the eggs laid in the bare boxes will be fine, just wanted something to cushion the egg so we have no more broken eggs. Will 'pet bedding' work? I also have 4 nest boxes at this time. The three eggs on the first day were laid in separate boxes. I am worried about them all wanting to lay in the same box. At this time we did not get the nest boxes built that we had planned for due to the turn in the weather, so we did the 5 gallon buckets. Will it be safe for the eggs for them to use the same box? With them picking the long weekend to start laying I have been able to go outside and check for eggs, obviously when I head back to work I will not be checking every other hour. Can anyone suggest a method to check which girls are laying? I was going to tag their legs and I had read on here about using food colouring on their vents. Any other suggestions? Finally a question I am sure you have not had here yet Can I assume the egg production will be very sporadic for a few months as this is their first laying season? Thanking you all as always!