I suppose I need to figure out how to start my own little story-line post since I seem to be accumulating quite a few cute tales (at least they are to me). I caught a small snake a few nights ago (I love snakes!) and brought it home for the kids to play with. My youngest son was in the back yard next morning playing with the snake - who, incidentally, surely thought he had died and gone to h*ll! - while my next-oldest son was feeding and paying with the hens. One hen noticed the snake, made a charge at it, grabbed it out of my son's fingers, and made off with it! Of course, she was making her crazy-excited-I've-got-the-treat-and-you-dont! noise, so three others took off after her. Behind a large stump they shared the poor treat Also, every one of my pullets (24 of them) still pile on top of each other in the coop at night. I have 9 boxes and about 18 linear feet of roosting boards at various heights and in different places throughout the coop. But ALL of them get in THREE boxes and share about 4 feet of board space! Is that normal? I watch them go in at night and they are very calm, no fussing or fighting over spaces, just a bit of shuffling about to get settled in. When I go back out an hour or so after dark to lock them in, they'll be making their little "sleepy" noises, and no one moves around when I close it. In the morning a few early-birds will be on the floor, but the others clamber out of the boxes when I open the door. All the boxes and all the boards are exactly alike, at least as far as I can tell. They were born around the 1st of April, I think. We got them April 7 and I believe I remember that they were supposed to be "week-old chicks." I *really* need to get busy and post some pics, they are really growing! And, of course, they're all beautiful!