Hi all, After years of working on my wife, my daughter finally convinced her that we should have chickens this spring, so chickens we have! We started with some "pullets" from the local agway, 1/2 of which turned out to be roosters (one survived the ensuing carnage). Since then we've built up the flock from a guy who breeds chickens up the hill. So far we have one hen each of California Gray, Buff something (a banty), cornish game, white cubalaya, red/gray cubalaya, old english game hen, and a blue sumatra. We also had a Shamu and a black sumatra until a few days ago when a fox paid us a visit. The rooster was supposed to be an andalusian, but is something else. My username comes from my daughter, who names the hens after X-Men (making me Farmer X, of course). I'm mostly interested in figuring out how to convince them to lay eggs in the boxes I have yet to build, and perhaps convince them to go into the barn stall at night as the weather starts to get colder (currently they roost in the trees at night). -Johnny.