I've built some roll away nest boxes, and with the astroturf in there, the eggs dont roll very well. if you kinda mess with the eggs as, per se, a chicken moving around might bump them, it will roll away, but not as I expected them to do. Will the chickens lay on bare wood, or do they need something soft under their feather butts to incite laying?
While I use sawdust in my nest boxes, I have had hens lay eggs in a bare box. But most of them seem to prefer the boxes with bedding. Bedding is a relative term though. I've had hens like a wicker basket, a soft lounge chair, the cat's bed, and even under a bush on the bare dirt.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com