My girls are only 16 weeks old, so probably another month or so before we'll get an egg, I'm guessing. Our coop is designed so the chickens spend a lot of time at counter height, as you can see from this photo: Here is the nesting box set-up. We are planning to add a shelf above them to give it a more enclosed feeling for them and to add more storage: They are very used to using the ladder to access the counter top and roosts. The nesting boxes are on a separate counter that we've thus far been using for storage. When it's time to introduce the girls to the nesting boxes I will set up the other ladder so they can explore. Should I wait until I see the "squatting" behavior others have described? Or should I set it up now so they can poke around and get used to the area?