I had a similar experience. My first batch was straight run and contained some roos that had to go. Much, much later I ran into a neighbor from over the back fence and when I told her I am the "crazy chicken lady" who lives behind her, she perked up and started asking questions. She also said how much they had enjoyed hearing the crowing and hoped I got another roo in the future (which isn't allowed in city limits). My neighbor to my east is also very tolerant and enjoys the eggs I occasionally give him so it is only our neighbor to our west that had a problem with the roo, it seems. Hope the chick has made some progress by the time you return from church. *************************** I checked last night, after being gone ALL day long and had to read 5-6 pages just to get caught up! I was too tired to reply and now can't remember all of what I read - you guys are a chatty bunch. Hawkeye - your brother's coop is coming along nicely - I'm sure he'll be very happy with it. Ivy - you crack me up with your story-telling. I can just picture the quail hunt! RVRoman, your DH is making amazingly fast progress on your coop. Yeah, if the chicks are 6-7 weeks old, I'd want them outside pronto too. I hope the rain doesn't slow his building down too much today..... Trish, that's amazing that the shipped turkey eggs are doing so much better than the locally obtained eggs. I guess you just never can tell, can you? Yesterday morning I stopped at Lowes on the way to the new place, and purchased the lumber to start my coop While driving to get it, with DD in tow, I was glad it had worked out that she was there to help me load and unload it to the roof rack but when Lowes offered to have someone load it for me, I thought "even better" and let the young guy load it, gave him my cargo straps and he tied down the load. Off we set, and I kept telling DD I was hearing noises I didn't like. She did the teenage roll-eyes and "You worry too much, Mum" thing, so I almost felt vindicated when I braked slightly and a 2x4 flew over the hood and onto the road in front of me. Grrrrr. I pulled into a parking lot as the rest of the load, now really loose since a board was missing, threatened to do the same. Grrrr. Grrrr. Luckily the guy in the truck behind me was nice enough to stop and grab the 2x4 out of the road and drive it up to me, and then he offered to help me re-load. He was a super nice guy and between the two of us, we were able to get the load secured to where I felt confident the same thing wouldn't happen again. So I guess from now on, I may still let them load but I'm going to secure the load my own self, so I don't have to worry about THAT happening again. All's well that ends well, and we got my lumber neatly stacked in my workshop at the new house. Then I had to come home and spend the afternoon at a baseball tournament. I was looking forward to starting to build today until we won a game in tournament, guaranteeing we would have to return to a play off game this morning. The rain has canceled baseball but also makes it harder to work on any projects. We need the rain and I really am glad we're getting it, although I'm disappointed I won't make any progress today. Now that I'm not working, I'll be able to get out there mid-week to get started as soon as the weather clears. But it is so funny to see those silly chooks when they get wet. Since I am the pied piper, even the rain didn't stop them following me all around the yard this morning but when I turned around and saw my troop, it cracked me up. I looked at them thinking "Hey, who replaced all my nice fluffy hens with this bedraggled bunch of chicks". Its amazing how small they look once those feathers are wet and no longer fluffy.