New chicken owner.... I bought 42 chickens which were delivered as new born chicks the last week of October. 20 Rhode Island Red hens, 20 White Leghorn hens, 2 roosters. I converted an equine loafing shed into a deep compost coop and free range them everyday on 12 acres. Inside the loafing shed I built two rows of nest boxes onto an interior pipe fence partition that is wrapped in chicken wire such that I can enter the shed from the back door and retrieve eggs from the back of the boxes without ever entering the chicken area. I then covered the entrance to the nest boxes with plywood so that the young chickens did NOT have access to them prior to being egg laying age. I did this so that they would not get accustomed to going in there and using the potty prior to having the egg laying instinct kick in. ( Now wondering if that was the right thing to do) Now that I am within a month or so of the chickens producing eggs, what should I do to introduce the chickens to the nest boxes? Someone told me just to throw some spare coastal hay from my cow in there and a golf ball in each box... Sound advice?? Thank you!!