Hi! My name is Kim and I am a newbie to chicken keeping and this forum!! I have been watching from the sidelines at all the wonderful information here and decided to jump in! I live in Casper, Wyoming. I appropriated 6 hens this last summer and seems there is a LOT to learn! I got 2 Columbian Wyandottes from my husband's niece. Then I got 4 pullets from a patient of mine that needed to get rid of them. Two are Barred Rocks and not sure about the other 2...Rhode Island Reds maybe. One of those red hens I believe has become my "rooster" - she is very assertive!! I would like a rooster, but hubby says we do NOT need one!! And from what I have read, it can be hard to find a nice one. I have one of my Columbian Wyandottes that must be molting - is it common this late in the year? I mean it is like 10 degrees here!!! I love The Chicken Chick too and posted this question to her page. She said molting - don't worry - but of course I do! Like I said, I am new to this and Brrrrr...poor girl! We did put an electric radiant wall heater in the coop because she seemed so lethargic. My plans had been to be all natural with no heat in the coop, but I felt bad for her! I checked under her wings for "critters" but not truly sure what they would look like, but saw nothing moving or red like mites would be? She does not seem much interested in food. She would take mealworms from my had as a treat but not since she is losing all these feathers. Apparently being "nekkid" is hard for her. Look forward to being a member here and learning from all you experienced chicken people!!!