Ok, I've got a wide range of ages, 22 weeks, 8 weeks and 4 week sex linked hybrids and barred rocks. My older hen came with her beak dremmeled down. As my 8 weekers are getting bigger and I'm getting ready to start introducing the 4 weekers, should I consider doing this for all my birds? They have plenty of space but not free range. For now hte 4 weekers are in a pen, inside the big pen to get them acclimated. We will do the final intros at night of course when everyone is sleepy. If I do dremmel whats the easiest and safest way to do so? Another random question coming from a vet tech, do they need rabies??? Or any vaccines? We've had some troubles with a possible rabid skunk so just to be safe I wanted to ask. Also I have egg layer feed for the oldest, and baby chick feed but isn't there a finisher feed that I should be looking into for the 8 weekers? And clipping wings doesn't seem to keep them in, if they want they fly out every once in a while but thank goodness they dont go anywhere. Its a 6 foot fence. So other than getting electricity for lost birds and wild animals, and netting the entire top of the run, anything I"m missing? We've gotten a set up to insulate the coop in the winter. Do they still come out when its cold? We may need an addition for the colder months. And now that I'm into this, I'm getting more curious about other breeds and looking them up. We live in cold climates in winter, pretty hot summers, and have a very large fenced run area. We have barred rocks, comets and stars....what other birds can be good layers, meat birds if necessary but friendly? Our Red Stars are under feet all the time and very sweet. Our Barred Rocks are kind of aloof and the newest comets are trouble! I think its b/c we got them older with less handling. Not mean, just skittish. What do you other Mainers/New Englanders like having as back yard girls? No roosters please, we can't have noisy birds where we are zoned.