I have 10 hens that started laying last year. I recently moved these hens and my pullets from this year (over a couple of weeks) just before bedtime to our new coop about a month ago. The pullets have not started laying yet and I wanted to get everybody moved and situated before that happened. They all get along pretty well although the older hens can be a bit bossy at times. My concern is that the older girls are keeping the younger ones from exploring the nesting boxes. They are of laying age now and several of them try to come in and explore but are run off most of the time. I have plenty of boxes and have even added more now out in the covered play yard. It's so frustrating to watch these timid younger girls come in knowing that they need to lay an egg and watch them be chased off. What else can I do? Edited to say: I know this is silly, but my older hens want to be close to me, so I will even go out to the chicken yard and walk way away from the coop so they will follow me to give the younger ones access to the nesting boxes without being harassed. But whenever one of the older ones catches sight of that, she has to go "handle" it. Ugh!