We do our best to provide as natural an environment as possible for our flock. A well insulated, but unlit, unheated coop with plenty of ventilation. A completely fenced run and a very large free range area that provides shade, sun, lots of grass, small rocks, dirt and undergrowth/brush. The benefits are beautiful, healthy hens that lay year round. We also have some senior girls. 3 RSL, 3 Amber Whites and 1 RIR turning 4 years old this March and 1 RSL and 1 Buff Orp turning 5 at the end of this month. Here is a picture of Hidey, our 5 yr old RSL and Lightning our 5 yr old Buff Orp. Hidey is the Queen of the Coop. She eats first and roosts first. She's slowing down however, walking slower these days and lays only a few days a week now, but the other hens don't mess with her. She just finished her third molt about a month ago. Lightning is at the bottom of the pecking order and has had her comb pecked so often its stunted. She's only in the coop at night and is taken out during the day to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine by the front door of the house eating oats, treats and water from the rain barrel. She's also the "community greeter", going from house to house in our neighborhood begging for treats. And she gets them. She doesn't lay eggs that we know of. Lightning is our only mama, raising two chicks a few years ago. She goes broody every spring.