Ha! What started as a little joke a few weeks back between my mom and I started becoming a reality last weekend. My husband (who is allergic to eggs) noticed how many eggs I and our 2 growing kids can go through in a week and came around to the idea of starting a coop. The last week I have done a lot of research on the subject because I don't enter into anything that involves a living being lightly. Friday, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and learned that I am now officially done with cancer treatment. Our plans went from going out to dinner just the two of us, to "do you wanna skip dinner and get going on the chickens?" We spent the afternoons Friday, Saturday and Sunday working on turning the existing dog run into a chicken coop, complete with 3 chickens! The guy I bought them from said they are Bovan hens... a "hybrid" of RIR and something. I don't care, I just want eggs. And chickens. Anywho...they are at the end of their molt so not just the prettiest girls you've seen but we are worried that they don't know there is a nesting box "upstairs". Anything I need to do? Should I physically put one of them up there? AND we just found out that some friends of ours need a home for their two chickens. Their daughter just started treatment for leukemia and barnyard animals are a big no-no. Thoughts on what works best for adding new hens to the coop?