I have 9 hens. 3 BOs that never learned to roost, and later we hatched 6 more RIRs that DID roost (because we added a better roosting bar). The BOs have been sleeping in the egg boxes pretty much since we moved them outside into the coop 3 years ago. I put big flowerpots in the egg boxes at night and take them out in the morning, or else the eggs are so covered in poop that I can't use them. Plus I have to clean out the egg box every day if I don't block it off. But if I'm not home at bedtime, it's a disaster, and now the RIRs have started picking up this bad habit and THEY have started sleeping in the egg boxes too. Their butts always have clumps of poop hanging. My coop design is very difficult to deal with and it's hard to get in there (it's up off the ground and the back door drops open, I can only lean in and I can't reach all the way to the opposite wall without a shovel or stick. I can barely reach the roost). I don't know what to do to get them to roost. I've tried moving them once it's dark but it doesn't work. So now it's damage control. Do you think that if I get washable nesting box mats, it will at least save the eggs? And maybe keep them from sleeping in there? I'd rather wash mats once a week than have to block and unblock the egg boxes twice a day.