Hi! My name is Emily and I have had my chickens for one week. I live in Suburbia, near Seattle. I bought a cute coop at Costco, bought a second hand dog kennel to keep it in, and two year old hens from a young man in Enumclaw. The girls are a Golden Sexlink named Madam Bocboc and a Barred Plymouth Rock named Lady Featherbottom. I am enjoying getting to know their habits. On their first morning, Madam Bocboc flew through the hole in the chicken wire I had installed to cover the kennel. She flew from shed roof to fence rail. I had to sneak into my sleeping neighbor's yard to get her back. I am glad to say she didn't seem worse for wear. I have two largish dogs that are stressing my new girls more than I like. I wish I could help more with the stress of the dogs. I take them out of leashes to keep them away from the kennel. I don't know if that is why they aren't laying, but I bet it doesn't help. I am hoping that the dogs will soon tire of the spectacle and we can get on with our lives. I have had one egg a couple of days ago. It was so different than the grocery store eggs that I am familiar with that I didn't eat it. I thought something was wrong with it because it had large white chunks in the white part. I guess that is normal, but it was weird to me. There is so much to know. I have searches this forum almost daily for information. I found out that cedar shavings are bad, but pine shavings are okay. I found out what normal poop looks like. I found out that laying eggs after a relocation can take some time. I decided I should go ahead and sign up and be part of BYC.