I am a first time Chicken mom and I have two wonderful little girls sitting in a reptile cage in the kitchen. They are part of the family now and have settled in with the two cats and the dog. Please keep in mind that you can only have 3 hens in the city of Seattle and no Roosters. This feisty little Barred Rock either tried to crow tonight (with no sound) or had something caught in her throat. Our family is attached to her so I really want someone to tell me I am paranoid.