Hi all I am in SW Michigan. I am a first time backyard chicken "farmer". I have had 2 Isa Browns and one Leghorn Hen for three weeks. I bought them from a local breeder. He said they were about two weeks from laying for the first time. They are just finished molting and have the two finger spread between the bone and the egg hole that he showed me. I don't know if that means anything to all of you but it sounded impressive to me. He and his wife were very available for questions. Even helped with choosing fencing for the yard/run. I purchased a starter coop from tractor supply that has a easy clean roosting box and an easy clean tray. It is for 2-4 hens. I was not very impressed with the roosting sticks that came in it. It looks like their rolIing one but I dont have wheels. I have started them on an all natural commercial crumb feed. So far I have the coop inside a 15x15 fenced run for them. they get closed inside the coop which has a tiny run in it. I am doing a lot of reading and learning but have a few questions I will be posting as I read through to see if they have already been asked and answered. One question I have not seen asked yet is should I put straw on the ground in the screened in enclosure of the coop for them over the winter? I ask this because I have a Yard/ run for them outside of this. So far I have straw in the nesting boxes and commercial bought bedding in the slide out easy clean tray. I have read that the material needs to be about 4-6 inches deep for winter but if I do that it will cover the roosting sticks and there is no other place to put them with the way this was designed.