My name is Pearl I am a Red Sex Link and this is my story. My mom adopted me and my "sister" Ruby (also a RSL) in 2007. We were ordered as started pullets and were debeaked as chicks before we were old enough to go to our new home. I don't remember our debeaking, it was so long ago and so many of us had it happen. We lived someplace big until me & Ruby were snatched and put into a box with holes in it and sent out to our destination. We were real scared. I'm shy and stuck my head and neck under Ruby's. Ruby always stayed above me and protected me. I will always remember that. Before we got to our new home (we didn't know where we were going, we just did what we were told) we took a weird long ride to get to this one place. Then we waited for a long time and then went into a small truck with this nice lady. The lady talked to us and made sure we were sent to our new home earlier than the usual time, I think she felt sorry for us, it was May and kinda hot out. When we got to our new home, the young girl there took our box and put it into the back room where it was nice and sunny with lots of plants and then the door slowly slid shut and we were quiet and alone. Every once in a while the girl came in to give us water and check on us til our real Mommy came home from work. We stayed in our box for a couple of hours til the Mom came home and opened it to see us. I tucked my head under Ruby.......she covered me. The Mom cooed at us and tried to pick me up. I squawked......what's happening? Ruby ! Where are you? Wow, Ruby squawked too! But then we were cuddled and talked to and made comfortable in our new home out in the bright sunshine and safely tucked away in a small hutch. Then they left us alone. They did come back with a strange silver box that clicked at us. That night - Mom came out and lifted the hutch lid and saw that me and Ruby were sleeping in the nest box. We weren't sure what to do and this was comfy. The next night Mom came out and picked me up to put on a roost. She did the same for Ruby. She did this to us every night until we did it ourselves. Then she didn't come out at night anymore, and we slept fine on the roost. After a few weeks in our new home we started to relax and enjoy things. One of the best things I remember was the special treats we got! Everyday Mom came out and stuck her head in the hutch with this scoop thing and raked around in our bedding, then closed the top and we waited in the run for her to hand out our treats. We had grapes, and yogurt! Later on it was biscuits with cheese and scratch and......tomatoes! Then after a few weeks she let us out into the yard. Poor Mom, she looked a little miffed cause we kept getting into the garden to do our chicken thing and she kept making these little fences until the yard was different and we could no longer go into those other areas. But that's OK, she didn't stop us from destroying.....I mean rearranging the other areas in the backyard. We enjoyed our life here and then something happened later in December of 2007. I think we knew it was coming.......Mom needed more of our kind. Like I said before, I'm shy, but maybe Ruby knows what's going on, she seems to know a little bit more of what's going on than I do. I don't like to worry about such things.