Hello BYC, I am new on here but have chickens for 3 years now. I wish I had found this site sooner and saved myself alot of headaches. I started with 6 RIR from TSC that were supposed to be hens. 2 were hens and 4 roosters= no eggs. Got rid of the roosters. Got 25 hens from Mcmurrays. Everybody survived the trip and grew like weeds in the garden....lol They were out of the brooder for three weeks and were doing fine til the raccoons found out there was a new resturant in town. Lost 11 the first nite. It seemed as fast as I could solve one problem and fixed the point of entry they made another. Tried live traps, had the dog pee all over the place around the pen and electric fence. Finally someone suggested that I try a red flashing light, red christmas lights with the flasher installed saved the day. I havent seen one in over a year now..... I finally ended up with 12 and they all are laying like crazy and won't slowdown. I usally get from 9 to 14 in a 24 hour period collecting twice aday.