Although growing up on a farm I have only been into (backyard) chickens for a short time, a little under 2 years. My first flock I bought as chicks, 4 barred rock and 4 buff orps, ended up giving away 2 of each breed to get another person started. I also ended up acquiring a somewhat feral mutt hen and her 6 chicks and although my girls didnt care for them they seemed to live in peace. Everything was cool in my little chicken world, I would let them free range and just sit and watch them for what seemed like ages. Earlier last week I was letting the girls free range and had forgotten to latch the gate at dusk...it was the biggest mistake I had ever made. The next morning my whole flock was dead...2 eaten, 3 just killed for fun, and the rest just gone. I allowed a dog or coyote to walk right into the pen and have its way with my chickens. I was so upset with myself and at first vowed off of chickens, but that didnt last long. I came across a local craigslist ad for someone who was giving away 2-3 year old hens because they had just gotten to be too much of an expense. I grabbed the biggest dog crate I could find and headed that way...to my surprise she had about 20 chickens, all barred rocks, a fluffy headed hen, and a turken. She said take as many as I want so I snagged 7 good looking barred rock pullets and brought them home to fill the void I had created. I learned a lot with my first flock but I have a feeling these good looking girls will teach me a thing or two in our long and safe time together. Anyways...sorry for the wall of text. Here they are, I will get more/better pictures of them and our set up this weekend.