And sorry to hear about your missing hen, Hoppy and mkitchengirl. I hope they both turn up. Is your ankle better, Hoppy?
Blueseal, I really enjoy seeing the photos of other people's flocks. We have ours in an open fenced-in area also. I'd like to get some kind of cheap fencing (snow fence?). I want to set up a circular area with my better fence in particular spots away from the run, and then use snow fence (or something) to make a path from the run to the area where I want them to graze. Mine aren't the just-pick-them-up and move them type. I read that if you put them in your asparagus patch for 5 days after the last harvest, they will take care of all the asparagus beetles without doing much other damage. I'd like to try this as an experiment.