Hello all. So I am a new chicken person and I have had my 12 Golden buffs (all hens) since they were 1 day old. They will be 15 weeks tomorrow. We were out in the backyard and they always come up from the woods and sit with us. Personally I think they enjoy being part of the action. With 2 kids 2 dogs and 2 cats they fit right in. After working in the garden and cooking out one hen was acting weird just all puffed up and she layed a little egg right at my feet. I was so amazed by this that before I grabbed it another chicken pecked it and it broke. What a wonderfull experience for a first timmer. I also need to know about oyster shells, should I feed them to the hens they do eat very well and very a balanced diet but, would this help the shells be harder? I just wanted to share my excitement...... Thank you all for listening or reading I am so excited and amazed and proud!!!