I have four 14 week old girls... they have a hutch style coop enclosed inside a spacious run. When making the transition from brooder to coop, I kept them "cooped up" in the coop and did not allow access to the run for a week so that they could aclimate (and we could critter proof the run!). Since the time they were 5 weeks old I put shavings in the coop. got it all nice and ready, and to this day, I havent seen a sign that they have even used their fancy schmancy roost in the coop, and have not even had to change the shavings!! I have not put their nest boxes in yet, and was planning on doing so soon with a golf ball or two to give them the "idea". My dilemma is that they dont even seem to go in there!!! I certainly do not want to put their nest boxes on the ground outside the coop (after all, what did I build it for???). What is the best way to do this? Any experiences here? Am i overzealous in planning on putting their nest boxes in too early (I'm hopeful by early august we may have our first eggs-at least thats what I've been telling the girls ) PLEASE help!!