I notice that many of you have raised nest boxes in your coops. I have 2 laying hens at the moment and they will not lay in the nest boxes I have for them. I use 2 plastic milk crates that are only about 4" off the ground. We have tried putting a golf ball in the nest box, putting a fabric flap over the entrance to make the box dark, but the hens still make a nest on the coop floor and lay their eggs there. We have had a few cracked eggs! We can't raise the boxes too high as our coop is only 2ft high on one end and 3ft high on the other, but would a little bit help? Do hens prefer a raised nest box?