Today is day three for my ex bats at their new home and their first day outside! Quite a lot has happened in the last three days; All four chickens have names (Cheryl, Patsy, Esme and Betty - because chickens need 'Old lady' names) and I have found that Patsy is suffering from 'chicken cold' or mycoplasmosis so I will be picking up some medicine for her tomorrow. As I said today was their first day out in the run and it was so lovely to see them scratching around and behaving like normal chickens. Will post some pics below. But the biggest excitement of the day was to see Patsy lay a massive egg! I was warned that battery hens are likely not to worry about where they lay but was still amazed to watch her just squat in the middle of the run and squeeze out an egg. It was pretty big too - perhaps a double yolker. I promised it to my husband for helping build the coop. At the back (left to right) is Betty, Cheryl and Patsy. And at the front is Esme. Nest box/bedroom with golf balls to give 'em the right idea.... maybe. Patsy's egg I have also realised that they are sleeping in a nest box rather than roosting - all four of them are in one 12" by 16" nesting box. So tonight me and hubby decided they needed to learn how to roost. We went up and shooed them out of the nest box and then put a plywood board in front so they can't get back in. We tried putting them on the perches but was not easy in a 4' tall coop - so will go and check on them in a bit to see if they've cracked it.