We're newbies here and with chickens...this what we did, if it's wrong, please let us know so we can do it right....: We turned an old barn into a coop and nailed shelves up on the wall for nests. Used metal poles from chain link fence as roosts in the corners. Need to wait till payday to build the run, so we have half a wall made out of pressedwood and the other half made out of chicken wire nailed to the sides. Questions: When do the chickens lay the eggs-morning, night? Do the nesting boxes have to be low to the ground, or lower than the roost pools in the corner? How soon can we eat the egss after I see them in the morning? How long do we need to let the eggs sit in the nest to see if the hens will hatch them out before we take them to eat? We have Bantams (2 poullets-1 rooster), Dominique (4 poulets-1 rooster), and another type of chicken (3 hens) that's really big; they seem to peck at eachother not their own kind. Is this ok, will they work it out or will they kill eachother? If you let the chickens out in the property during the day, how do you get them back into the coop at night?