We've had 4 layers for 2 weeks now and I just discovered this site. It is fantastic-as is the book Raising Chickens for Dummies! I'm very interested in the litter bedding method for keeping the girls' coop clean. I've gone to the local farm supply store and have only been able to find Cedar and Aspen shavings. Is Pine the only option? Another question, we've been letting the girls roam in our yard freely while we're outside in the evening. Around 8:30 pm, they start following us around and inevitably start perching on me or my husband. When one starts, the others follow. Of course, we think it's cool but I'm pretty sure it isn't because we've become endeared to them. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks for your help!