We had planned on using straw, but the chickens keep scraping it all out into the coop, until there is nothing left in their boxes. We've not had any issues with them breaking the eggs in the box, but I am concerned about the future. While I'm asking about laying -- we have one hen who keeps laying her eggs outside of the coop, in the yard. I find them in the side yard, cracked. I'm not sure why my other chickens all knew where to go to lay their eggs but this one seems clueless. We kept them in the coop today, in hopes she'd lay in there. So far, she hasn't layed. How do you teach a chicken where to lay an egg? thanks.