We've had our chickens for over a week now and they're doing great! There is definitely a hierarchy among the hens. Rose is the head "honcho" and keeps the other girls in check. The rooster seems to let her do her thing. He is the protector. I wonder how long before we might see eggs in the nest boxes?? They are about 9 months old and they haven't laid yet. We feed them clippings from salads, chicken bones, fruit pieces, cabbage, asparagus and they tried oatmeal for the first time today! They seemed to really like that!!!! We also give them"scratch". Of course they have their regular food. They have visibly relaxed more and more every day since we have gotten them and they will eat out of my hands, even the rooster. That one hen in charge tho won't take anything from me. I'll have to work with her. Hopefully we are doing things properly!!!