Hello! I live in the high desert area of Southern California. I currently own 5 hens - 2 d'uccles, 1 cochin-type mix (I think. I got her from an animal shelter), and 2 RIR (or mixes). The two d'uccles are too young to lay, but I am hoping they will start laying soon! I got them from a chicken breeder out here as her "culls"- one had not enough feet feathers and one not a big enough muff. But as I don't show chickens, I think they are great. The cochin mix (please free free to let me know if you think she is something else! I am not super familiar with chicken breeds =]) I have owned about a year and she has never laid an egg so I assume she is too old. She came to the humane society as part of a hoarding case. The two RIR-types do sometimes lay eggs, but I have only owned them a month or so. They were given to me as "payment" by someone whose dog killed 2 of my chickens. I won't lie, I'm pretty sure he asked for the most neglected looking chickens he could find to pay me back with. They've had their beaks clipped and are just overall very unhealthy looking. I'm working on that though! They are surprisingly friendly and it is very difficult to make them stop following me around. They are supposed to be production RIRs but who knows! If you read that yay! Time for pictures! The only decent picture I can find of the cochin-mix (with the d'uccles as babies).