Finally after 3 years of waiting, I put my foot down and said, "this is the year and if anyone doesn't like it, they can move out." I had my best friend's son use everything I had in the scrap piles and rafters, hardware from the bins, to put together my hen house. Just about everything is recycled, including the chickens. Shortly after Molly Brown, Amelia Pond, Alabama Twirlybird and Sassy Lassie made themselves at home, 2 more came to move in, Luna MoonSpeckles and Rosemary (Rosie). We had a few problems at first with Rosie getting picked on, so she came out of the run and into the yard with me. This suited me and her just fine, but I continued to put her in the run most of the time. No eggs just yet, it is too hot I think, 100+ and the first 4 of them are only 4 months old. They get lots of ice water jugs and cold fruit and anything left over from the garden. The last couple of days the temp has dropped into the 90's so the girls are out in the yard foraging. They are like babies who have tasted real food for the first time, they hardly eat the layers pellets if they don't have to. The girls are a great source of entertainment as well as calming. We have a few lawn chairs and a little drink stand under the tree where we watch them. Will post pics later!