They are just being chickens. I would think the problem was the way you had things set up (which you are working on fixing), not the chickens themselves. Adult hens would be just as bad, except that by the time they are full adults you will have solved the problems.That's it....teenage chooks are just a-holes.
Were they sitting on the side, maybe trying to get into it?This morning, before 8am, they managed to flip the crate again and I watched the eggs in the nest go flying on the camera!
I don't see why that's a problem, as long as it's neatly in the corner so the eggs don't get stepped onthey started laying next to the milk crate instead of in it, ugh.
Yes, that is a very good idea. I think every coop with deep litter needs something like this!I also (finally) screwed the wood panel in place across the door, it's been propped there since August, lol. Just 2 screws, easily moved for deep cleaning, but keeps the deep litter from coming out the door!
Added another milk crate (upside down) to prevent the ground laying.
You could put an upside down milk crate against the wall, about a foot away from the corner. Then let them lay eggs between the crate and the wall. There would be nothing for them to flip over. Yes, it would be on the ground, but as long as the eggs are clean and unbroken that should not matter.
If you do want them to lay inside a box or crate at ground level, I think you should have an opening in the front of it, instead of the top. I don't see any way they can get into that crate without sitting on the edge (which tips it over) or sitting on the upside down crate (which wasn't there yesterday.)