This weekend, we brought home our flock! We found some very sweet, special girls to love, spoil, and care for. A 4 month old Barred Rock, "Agatha Cluckworth", a 6 month old Partidge Rock, "Penelope Cluckworth," and a 6 month old Golden Comet "Prudence Cluckworth." (photos in the next week or so) I am in LOVE! Each came from a less-than-ideal situation, and are glorying in the thrills of ranging about a large, fenced garden filled with bugs, worms, slugs, fallen pears from the pear tree, late-season tomatoes, vegetables, and an available container of fresh water and a bowl of Agway Egg Builder pellets. (I even confess to tossing some occasional roasted mealworms their way) Oh my goodness, I have never felt anything so sweet, special, and silken as the soft necks and shoulders of these girls when my fiance caught them and held them for me to meet. They quieted, and each turned such beautiful, clear eyes my way. Did I mention that I'm in love? The Golden Comet came from an overcrowded situation, and bullies the other two Rock girls. Will she ease up, in time? I imagined she had to be tough to survive in a crowd. I know she learned that young, but I hope she'll ease up on the other two, eventually. She is SUPER-FRIENDLY and tame with people! WOW, what a people-oriented breed! "Oh my gosh, you picked me up!! Oh, okay... gonna do nice things for me now, right?" The Barred Rock is only 4 months old, and not as tame, more nervous. I so want her to feel relaxed and come closer to me someday. I'm patient. The Partidge Rock is tame, but not so people-oriented as the Golden Comet. She is thoughtful-seeming, and loves the pears which fall from the tree. (Okay, I'll admit to slicing a few up for her and the others!) Thank you for reading and helping me welcome my new flock. Thanks also for any guidance and support. I really appreciate this forum to learn!