My daughter and I began our chicken adventure on April 19th this year. New to the chicken business, we started from scratch. A friend of my Dad generously donated a hen and twelve 10 day old biddies. I had mentioned to my Dad that we were considering getting into the chicken business. Thanks, Dr. Bo! We converted an old, unused k9 kennel for our coop. Ma Hen did a good job with her babies. A neighbor friend donated a rooster. Welcome to the coop, Mister. All is well at casa de pollo. Ma Hen hatched 9 more babies! Tragedy struck, predator of some sort wiped out the whole bunch with the exception of Ma Hen, Mister, three hens and one roo from the original bunch. Broken-hearted, I am reconsidering the whole free-range idea! Devastated Ma Hen laid her first egg today since the last hatchlings! Yay! We shall overcome.