Hello, I am in Texas and I am wanting to get started on keeping a couple laying hens. I have incubated and hatched chicks for a friend but have never kept them past the brooding stage so I am pretty clueless about everything. How do I set up the inside of the coop? What bedding do I use and how do I keep it and the ground outside clean? I don't have a huge piece of land in the country. It will literally be backyard chickens haha, so I am wanting to keep it small with maybe 2-3 hens. I have the coop/run like the one pictured. How many would fit comfortably in there? We do have a couple feral cats around which is what I'm worried about. So I will want to lock them inside at night. I am thinking during the day they would be able to be free in the yard, right? I have a chain link fence. But how do you keep them from escaping? I have someone with a couple 2 year old buffs, barred rocks, and RIR's, and then someone else with 8+ week old pullets (mostly barred rock and doms). Should I go with the older ones or the younger ones? Or one of both? Would the younger ones still be on chick starter or laying feed? How would I get them comfortable enough to start laying? Would they have to settle in for a couple weeks first?