Well, the new coop on wheels with 5 laying hens that i got off craigslist has turned out to be not so great a deal. The coop is way cool, but we have discovered it's filled with egg-eating chickens. We have two Jersey Giants, one Buff Orp, a Red Star (or Red Sex Link), and something else. Thanks to everyone who helped identify. But over the last couple of days we have discovered, to our dismay, that they are all terrible egg eaters - to the point that they wait while one is laying then all pounce on it. i found one hen today with her beak poking around under one who was laying. i did read all the posts i could find on the topic. i tacked tarps all around the nest boxes to try to darken the area, used part of a tarp as a curtain with a slit in front. i put a wooden egg in one of the nests. i filled an egg with mustard and wasabi and 2 of them pecked at it and went "yuck", but the other 3 still ate the shell. If i had the time and energy and i liked these chickens, i would try harder to break their habit. It was probably created by bad nutrition and boredom with their previous owners. But after all the attention given to them the past couple of days, i feel we are neglecting our original clan. It was nearly noon before i had a chance today to sit down and have my silkie time, just hanging out with my little girls. So these new little cannibals will have to go. Can't give them to anyone with existing chickens, or their nasty habits will just spread. i listed them on craigslist and will see what happens. If anyone in my area would like them, they are welcome to them. i am not up to processing and eating them, but if someone else would like them for that purpose, i am fine with that. Darn, i was looking forward to 7 eggs a day. Guess i need to be contented with the 2 from my Penny and Grace, and then the teeny ones that will eventually come from the silkies.