Hi all, I have a couple of questions if I may. One is more appropriate for this thread than the other, but I'll post them both. 1) My hens poop in their nest boxes. Almost every day I have to change out the wood chips and it's tiresome. When I built the coop (floor 6x8') I unfortunately put the nest boxes higher than their perches, and since they like to roost on the highest point in the coop, that's where they sleep, with their butts in the nests, pooping and pooping. The nest boxes are a convenient height for me to reach so I'd rather not change them. I would like to put a higher perch in the coop, but this would be about 5 feet off the floor. My girls frequently jump and flap to the floor. Do you think this would hurt them to drop from 5 feet? The nests are on the back of the coop along the 6' wall about 4' off the floor. The perch is along the left long wall, built like a ladder, and the top perch is about 3.5' off the floor. There isn't much room to make a longer, taller ladder. I thought I would get rid of the ladder and hang a 2x4 like a shelf along the left wall, about 5' off the floor and 2' out from the wall, then make a long, narrow ladder to run down along the wall behind the perch to the floor. This seems space-efficient, and should keep cleaning up in there unobstructed. Does this seem reasonable? Are they going to hurt themselves jumping down? Any other suggestions? 2) The hens will be 4 this year and they apparently retired in November. It's been 6 months with almost no eggs. When I did my reading before getting hens I had the impression that egg production would decrease over the years, but that even a 12 year old hen might still produce a few eggs for you. Is this pretty typical? I check each day wondering if they will start back up again as the weather gets warmer but nothing... Is it time for some young blood, or might they start producing again if I wait for them? Thanks!