Greetings form Sacramento everybody, I sure love having chickens...Love the eggs, love the birds. I have unfortunately, been through quite a few birds. Why? There is an organization out here called Animal Place - they are a sanctuary and they rescue production hens from going to slaughter. Problem is, many of them end up dying form eggbound. They are bred for production, typically laying an egg per day. This is very hard on the reproductive system and it is very common for eggbound (google it) to happen. It has been very sad finding dead chickens in the coop, but I am glad to have provided them a happy home for the remainder of their days. I have historically adopted those hens - Have never purchased or raised chicks. Now, I have been through probably 9 hens this way, and I have one left - A South american Auricana...Beautfiul, hearty, healthy bird. She lays blue eggs of course, and they are yummy. I just adopted two other hens from my ex-girlfriend - hers were raised form chicks and are the most gentle, gregarious beauties you could hope for. The three girls have bonded and are like Tres Hermanas. A happy coop indeed. Glad to be on here- always watching for new info and tips related to the hens.