I've been avoiding the forum for the last couple months after losing my pair of IB's. Besides keeping them penned up, I honestly don't know what I could've done differently. They managed to up and leave successfully after they were busted/caught on their first attempt back in August. They were very tame - eating out of our hands following us around like puppy dogs with not a care in the world. The hen would even let you hold her. There was never any sign of them in the neighborhood (although we live out "in the sticks"). I thought maybe after the crops were off and hunting seasons kicked in there may be reports of sightings or maybe feathers/carcasses....nothing. Now I've been dealing with a p.o.s. hawk that's taken out 5 of my 36 chickens in the past few weeks...scared the crap out of all the rest who, incidentally, are also molting. Egg production is about 2 eggs a day and the 10 month old Americaunas (who were laying nicely) haven't laid an egg for over 2 weeks! With the colder weather setting in, they have been in "lock-down" all week. The hawk needs to go elsewhere - this buffet is closed! I guess my frustration is just getting the best of me...but it seems like nothing has gone right the last few months with my birds. I'd LOVE to get another pair of peas, but keeping them in a pen wouldn't be my preference (although DH has offered to build them a fancy addition...bless his heart). I loved having my morning coffee while watching the peas preen themselves on the deck railing right outside my dining room/patio doors. Their calling, their funny personalities (chasing deer out of the yard & garden, staring at themselves in the chrome bumper of the truck), their beauty...I just miss them So...right now I'm thinking about getting some eggs to hatch in spring and starting over in hopes that if they are hand raised I can get them to bond even more. My hen was hand raised, but the male was raised in a pen with very little handling. Anyone have input?? Will I have better luck raising them from chicks??