I'm new to this whole chicken momma thing and my aunt gave me 6 laying hens a year old and Ive purchased 8 Americana and 2 gold buffs (3 weeks old) We rent our home and are using the existing coop as it was in EXCELLENT condition. The run and coop Ive been told could easily contain 300 chickens so I am guessing it is like a chicken mansion, lol! So my question is what is roosting as Ive heard it mention a few times and what do I need to do in order to make sure my ladies are doing that? I have a (bench) looking thing along 2 of the walls it is about 8 inches wide about a foot off of the floor...they never sit up there. I have 6 nesting box's that my husband built and they sit up there more than on the bench. What do I need to provide for them to roost on and is it really that important? Please..any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'm so new at this and really am learning as I go. Thank you in advance!