What great tips on this forum! I have a little different question, though. I let my chickens out pretty much first thing in the morning (like 7 or 8 AM or when it's light, whichever is later) and if they're not standing at the door waiting to go out they're still on the roosts, not quite awake yet. I do have straw and pine needles in the nest boxes, but if they're in the habit of going outside first thing will that change when they start laying? Should I be doing anything differently time-wise? These chickens stay together, always do everything as a group (except those 2 that keep flying over the fence lately). They are 16 wks old and I just want to set them (and me) up for success. I also have food/water outside, not inside, although I see this changing in winter. I don't really expect any eggs until toward the end of September.