My family lives in NW Louisiana. I've wanted backyard chickens for a long time now, but wifey always said no way! The other day, she sent me a screen shot of someone local wanting to get rid of 2 - 1yr old Buff Orps. I was shocked and of course said yes! I thought she was joking! Spent the weekend building a coop onto the side of my shop. Picked up the girls last night! Kids, me, and actually even wife are all excited! We are now proud owners of a pair of backyard chickens! The previous owner let them "free range" in a small yard. They roosted on a chair on his patio, but would get in the coop to lay. Now that they are in a new environment, how would I go about getting them trained to roost in their new coop and lay in their new nest boxes? I noticed the previous owner had hay in the coop and nest boxes. I had bought pine shavings and would prefer it over the hay. Will they adapt easily to the pine shavings? I also intend to let them have free range of my backyard. Would appreciate any advice on my questions.