Hi Everyone, I'm glad to be here. I decided this July 2010, I would like chicks for my 2 year old grandson, I bought 5, week old chicks July 5 2010, I loved them and he did too. I decided I would get day olds after my dogs killed 1 of my first 5; yes, I left the dogs and chicks in one room. After the murder, I had 25 babied shipped I gave away and sold all but 4. I have 8 chickens and am loving it, except, I don't have my first egg, I hate that. I have One Speckled Sussex, One Silver Laced Wyandotte, One Buckeye, One Black Star, One White Leghorn, two barred somethings (very friendly girls) and one orange girl, I don't know? I think they are Rocks. I really love having them and my friends and grandson like just watching them, I let them run around my back yard; they are just amazing to me. They even keep my garden pruned back nicely. My whole family works at a local vegetable garden and get fresh wholesome food in exchange for our time and chicken crap. I started surfing the internet looking for help because I am a first timer, I found this was a good place to get answers that is why I joined the forum, I do have a question. Right now my question would be: they act and look like laying hens but I can't find an egg, not even evidence of a heist by a predator. I do have a large black snake and I thought, kinda knew I would be sharing with it but??? Besides the chickens,I like keeping my grandson home with me, I know crazy, I'm probably too old for that but... I do a radio show about end time and study the Bible and ancient history and writings. I like to learn new things, I have changed careers three times and presently don't work for money. I have 3 Chihuahua, sometimes I let them breed. I do like to cook and raise mealworms for the girls as well. Oh and don't let me forget the vegetable garden I work with a group of friends. My husband is not exactly a fan of this hobby of mine, he is a carpenter and made me an enclosure and small hen house but I have no way to get food and more importantly water in it; that is why, I just let the girls run around the yard. I asked him to make 3 nesting boxes 10x10, he made this huge thing with 6, 18x18 boxes, then screwed it into the side of the house. I am think I will move it inside for storage or something. He told me he researched it and they will find it and hope in and lay, I don't think so but it is out there now. It is quite a bit of engineering if nothing else. I don't know maybe they will do like he said?