Ok, so I moved here to Plant City three years ago. I immediately built a very large hen house (an old carport I moved to the back of the property) with makeshift nesting boxes and a fenced in large run.... Then I just picked a breed from a chart and ordered... Wow! What a mistake. I don't want to offend anyone by dissing breeds, but for me the Dominique were not what I was looking for. Now, two years later, and a little better studied on the subject, I'm considering changing the breed entirely. My hens aren't laying well at all any longer, and its back to the drawing board. I've remodeled the coupe, even with new nesting boxes, and have been getting the yard ready for free-ranging (still fenced in away from the dogs and other predators but able to scratch through the composting and vegetation out back in a corner of the property). So, I hope to get some guidance and education and have been real thankful for the site so far. It is much appreciated and I'm glad to finally be in here.