Well, since we found out that Louis (Lou-ee) is definitely a boy, and Snowball (formerly Jaina) is definitely a boy as well, we decided to bring some ladies into their lives. Shocked, because they were hatched Sept. 2nd & 3rd respectively, and Louis has already decided to start a family! Is that a bit young for that?? He's been crowing for a few weeks now, and I don't mean a weak, strange noise, but a crow that you can easily identify. Pepper & Perry hang out together, kind of loners. The boys will chase them and grab the back of their necks. Ginger will drop down and just stay still, the other ones just want to run away. Ginger laid three eggs in the past three days, but we haven't cracked them open. My daughter said, "Great. Now we're going to be aborting chickens!!" as she cracked open a store-bought egg for her cookies. If we decide to let Ginger keep an egg, well... what should we do? We don't have an incubator, but our ancestors didn't have them either, did they? When you find eggs out in the yard, do you keep them if you have no idea how long they've been there? They're eating "layer" food and the rest of the chick starter. Should we enhance their food? The ladies were all kept in runs with no nest boxes, no upstairs/downstairs, etc. We let them free-roam and go in and out at will and close them in when we're gone or at night. All of them will go upstairs but Eleanor. Wondering if she thinks she's too hefty, or she's not comfortable with the ladder. Do you think she'll ever go up? Snowball doing the "Flamingo" Louis & Snowball Eleanor Cinnamon Ginger (3 eggs in the past 3 days Perry, she's the shy one, a loner Pepper (the gray one) I also think she has a broken toe Not sure exactly of all of their breeds, I believe Louis is RIR, Snowball and Ginger look to be the same type, Eleanor & Ginger are buffs, Pepper is just beautiful with her pretty tail (can't see in the photos) and Perry was just too cute for my daughter to leave there.