Hi all, I'm new to BYC and chickens in general. Just started in May of this year with 6 Barred Rocks, 3 Cochins, 2 Orpintons, 2 Buckeyes and 2 Wellsomers. Really having fun with them and already getting attached to a few of them! I have a question regarding hen boxes. A relative to my Wife donated a metal hen box to us when I built our coop into an old stall of our old barn. Our hens don't seem to want to go in the metal boxes. I've tried a few different types of bedding (straw, wood shavings, etc.) and they just roost outside of it or on their roosting poles that I made out of 2x4's. All of the hens are roughly 5 months old and I see no signs of eggs. We live in SE Minnesota and it's starting to go below freezing at night lately. My concern is that the metal boxes are attracting the cold temps and making it so the hens don't want to go in there. Could that be keeping them from laying eggs? I'd be happy to provide any further information!