Seeking any advice or similar experiences from those who've been there. Two of my 5 hens are laying. The first started laying before we finished building the coop's nesting box. She dug her own little nest in the corner of the coop (though not dark or private), which just happens to be under the roost. She's been using it consistently now for 5 weeks, ignoring the completed nesting box. I've also had fake eggs in the nesting box for weeks, and I've picked her up and put her in there to try showing her. My second layer just started yesterday, and she's laying in the same corner as the first hen! It wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't right under the roost. I'm not too jazzed about them laying in the area that sees the most poop. What can I try when the fake eggs don't seem to help? I am thinking about putting some sort of temporary nest in that corner (a box or crate on its side) so that at least the eggs will be shielded from poop until I get home from work to grab them. It's not an ideal spot for a permanent box, so I'd still like them to eventually move to the official nest. (Plus, I'm getting tired of walking through the coop every day to get eggs when I built a nice box that can be accessed from outside!) Should I put something in that spot to block it so they can't make a nest there at all? When I start giving eggs out to friends and family, I'd rather not give them eggs that sat in roost-poop all day.