Hi, these are my first chickens, we have 22 pullets we got from Ideal back in November, they are a mix of sex links, barred rocks and easter-eggers. We built an awesome coop, 12 by 12. They've been in it since they were 8 weeks. We put the nesting boxes in about 4 weeks ago. I have never, NEVER, seen a hen go in one. There are 8. They roost on the perch and they pull the shredded newspaper out, (I did put golf balls in a few of the boxes). Is it normal for the hens to NOT go in them? Also, I have another question about these chickens. We live in Texas, the weather for the most part has been beautiful, why do the chickens spend so much time in the coop? The fenced in run is about 16 by 20 with bird netting on the top. There is no grass growing, they scratched it up. Is this area too small, is there something I am missing? The inside of the coop has sand, dirt outside. thanks for your time!