I bought 2 beautiful Barndevelder hens at flea market 4 wks ago. They had just started to lay and I am pretty sure I got 1 egg the day I brought them home. My other 2 hens got caught by a dog 2 days after I got them(GRRRRR!) BTW these hens were in the coop area and did not encounter the dog. The first night they decided to sleep on top of the coop and when I went to catch them and put them on the roost one flew over the fence, the other I managed to grab and she had an instant molt of several tale feathers. It took a lot of effort but I finally managed to catch her and put her in the coop. They had free access to a large protected area with an electric net fencing. If I come near the chicken pen out flies the hen with tail feathers. It happened so often, I started just checking them every other day and then just at night. Last time I went out there before they went to bed they both flew out. They have managed to get back in each time. I finally confined them to the small run and coop hoping to tame them down a bit with treats, etc. and let them get used to me. They still "Awwwk" and run in panic if I come anywhere around. They spend most of the time in the house which has a sky light. NO EGGS! It is not cold enough here yet for that to be the problem. I really wanted to get some more Barndevelders including a roo and have a flock of these beautiful birds and probably could buy more from the same gent. They were a new breed for him to raise and he was disappointed their eggs where not darker. I only got 2 since originally I needed to quaratine them. Are Barndevelders that flighty? Are they poor layers? Not according to the info I have found which is quite limited. Someone please convince me they are keepers. I love eggs out of my own back yard. I can eat chickens out of back yard if they can't provide some eggs, some socialization or at least some fun.