I want to have two flocks of Australorps: 12 for egg laying and 6-12 for meat chicks. From an answer I got in the coop section, I am officially confused. I thought that if a chicken was broody that she would need her own nest to sit on the eggs until they hatched. From what I've been told, the egg layers will go to a nesting box, drop an egg then leave but breeding hens will stay on her nest to hatch her eggs. Somebody please help. I clearly don't know what I'm doing. Also how thick should the straw be in a nesting box? THANK YOU!