I have two black australorps that are now laying eggs. One has been laying for a few weeks, but I can't get her to use the egg boxes! She used it once and then went back to her favorite spot, right in front of the coop door (the chicken's door to the coop). I guess she doesn't need privacy ;-). Anyway, gross. I don't want her laying there. I've made nice egg boxes with a mixture of shredded paper and pine shavings for bedding and even have wooden fake eggs in there. No luck. My second hen just started laying three days ago. I was able to get the first egg which she laid in the sand of the pen, yuck, but the next two she laid in the coop across from her "sister" and both we broken. The first one looked as if she stood up to lay it and it smashed on the floor. The second was smashed, but on top, so I don't know if she's pecking them or what. No one is eating them, but none the less, they are smashed and wasted :-( Any advice on how to get them to use the boxes and what to do about my hen who is breaking the eggs? Thanks! Ahhh, I think that I've figured it out. I think she's laying from the roost! I took the roost out to force her to lay on the floor at least.