Hello everyone! We have been reading Backyard Chickens for some time and had not realized that we hadn't joined. Now corrected! We hope to find a source for up to six copper moran hens and a rooster -- hopefully somewhere in the Bay Area - but perhaps can be safely shipped from anywhere. (We realize it is possible to buy copper moran chicks from a commercial vendor but hesitate to undertake the long process of protecting them until of egg-laying age.) Mature hens seem to be very expensive. Nevertheless we hope some of the other BackYard Chicken reader/members can steer us to the best way to replace our flock and try again. We miss not only the having a source for such great eggs - but the beautiful birds themselves!. We have repeatedly replaced our copper moran flock as our local bobcat has outwitted what we have thought were increasingly varmit-tight coops and pens. At the moment we are chickenless - but we think the cages are now safe and are determined to try again. (This last depredation ended when we used as bait in a live animal trap one of the few hen bodies left. We caught the bobcat when she came back to get her last victim. .(Fish and Game rules are to kill a caught bobcat immediately or let it go. No relocation permitted.) We put (we presume her) back in the cage and let her go - she immediately escaped through the hole through which she had entered! So at least now we know of one area to reinforce. Earlier we had tried posting wolf urine patches around. They may have worked for awhile - but needed to be replaced.) We do have a very secure coop - but can't bring ourselves to keep our chicken friends cooped up all the time. So we let them out into a yard/range area - screened on all sides. It is hard to be sure every night that they are all inside - and then let them out in the morning. Maybe the only hope is to post a 24-hour armed guard. Suggestions welcome!