My girls are getting big. I had read to expect eggs at 8 months, so we (husband) are (is) taking our (his) time making laying boxes. The girls are six months old. I also read that comb color is an indication of readiness. Only two have red combs...but we are thinking they may be the roosters, as we really can not see any major sex differences. (24 chickens-I really did not expect more than half to survive chickdom, which means they all did.) I just really do not want an egg laid in the run and they start playing soccer with it, and then it breaks and they decide it's 'yummy and wonderful' and doom my chances of ever getting eggs. Do I need to light a fire under someone's tush, or bring out all of his tools and give it the old college try myself? Is time awastin'? They are big chickens or I'd put in some plastic pots or milk crates. but I think they'd get stuck. Any help would be SO welcome!Thank you !