I finished my coop and bought 3 hens from a breeder on Craigs list trying to thin his flock before winter. I picked them up the day before Thanksgiving. One of them passed mysteriously and the other two thrived. The ones I have left are a Barred Rock and a NH Red. Roxie and Shirley. I gave them treats every day until they got used to me. They seem to love their new home and since they free ranged before I got them, I have now been letting them out for an hour before sunset to explore their new yard. They are sooooo HAPPY! They love the woods and leaves to scratch in as well as my veggie beds next to the coop. They have scored many worms in there already. I stand watch over them with my hiking stick in case there is trouble. Today, Shirley was happily scratching in the leaves on the edge of the woods while I stood guard. Something dropped out of the tree near her and startled her. Where did she run? Straight to me! After that, they both stayed very close to me. I think they see me as the rooster While they were out in the yard, I dug some dirt out of one of my veggie bed ( worms included ) and added it to their dust bath. Shirley dove into it and cleaned out all the worms. Roxie has given me an egg for 7 days straight now and Shirley gave me her first egg today! I just had to tell someone how much I am enjoying my little girls. They are such a joy to have! Thanks for reading!