I have my first little group of hens. One, (my Barred Plymouth Rock) started laying on Christmas Eve, on my back porch table. I had to lock my girls up in the coop to get her to learn to lay in the box. She was a fast learner and is now laying in the box. My problem is that my five others all the same age(aprx 22 weeks), have not started laying and have taken to playing in the nesting boxes. I have two boxes side by side. The other girls get in and kick out the straw and poop it all up almost everyday, They all sleep on the roosting bars together so I know none are sleeping in the boxes. One day while going out to give them a snack I found my to Golden Buffs playing in the boxes while all the others stood watch. I keep cleaning them and putting new straw in but is there any other way to take care of this problem? My boxes are up and mounted of the side of the coop but are lower than the roosting bars. They also have a pretty nice sized run to play in and the coop part itself is plenty of space for the six of them.