It's been awhile kids, but there isn't a whole lot to talk about with only 7 flappers. The ladies took a few weeks off this winter, and have just snapped back into production. They are well over a year old, and none of these RIR's have gone to setting, so my hopes for a self sustaining chicken flock are pretty much squelched. A little research told me that Buff Orpingtons are good for my area, and are to supposed to be good setters. I have just ordered 25 from chicky in the box. (Mcmurry) They will be raised indoors, and this is also going to be a good opportunity/challenge to teach my dogs about chickens. Up until now, they only see them through the fence. As far as they know, chickens are only good for poop snacks. Once in awhile they get by me on my way into the chicken recreation yard. They don't seem to care as much about the birds as they do the snacks. I'm going to have to add onto, or build a separate coop for these new flappers to move into. My hope is that I can integrate them into the current setting without too much conflict. Anybody who doesn't follow the program will be dealt with accordingly. I'm hoping I don't have to beat the dogs and eat the chickens. The very worst case scenario will be beating the chickens, and eating the dogs.