Before I start, I want to say that I am not judging anyone on this forum. In fact, I have been "guilty" of the behavior about which I am going to ask; that's why I'm asking. Does anybody else here feel as though sometimes we are taking things just a little too far? Making things a little too hard? My 70 year-old dad, who has raised chickens on and off since he was a boy, says I am worrying about things way too much. What kind of things? Poopy butts on grown hens Hens being cold in their coop in 38 degree weather Introducing new pullets to existing flock Hens not being able to free roam every day (can only do it about 4 evenings a week, for 2-3 hours per evening) Egg shapes and properties of eggs Dad says chickens have been doing their chicken thing for thousands of years, and as long as I'm providing food, water, and shelter from sub-freezing weather, I should stop sweating all the small stuff. What do you think? Am I being too much of a "mother hen"?