My husband and I were recently adopted by a hen. We think she was dumped out here as this is apparently prime dumping ground for all sorts of animals. We are somewhat in the country but close enough to a couple major roads that people don't have to go too far. She showed up almost 2 weeks ago and just decided that our front yard was her new home. She slept on top of our cars and laid eggs in our landscaping. Over the Memorial Day weekend I spent 3 days painting and putting together a small coop for her to sleep in at night that's a little safer and drier than the hood of my car in a rainstorm. She has free rein of the yard and even the neighborhood during the day and likes to visit the neighbors. She is a grumbly little hen and she talks constantly. I am brand new to chickens and would love to hear the best advice you have for newbies since I really have no idea what I'm doing. All I have to go by is what I read on the internet. Finding this site has been a life saver!