Hello there everyone, Just thought I'd introduce myself as I've been spending quite a few hours trawling through these forum pages searching for advice and laughing at the photos. My wife and I rescued 4 ex-battery hens around 3 months ago and have enjoyed every minute of having them since. We live in sunny Suffolk in the East of England and our girls seem to have taken to their new found freedom with easy. We've never had chickens before but we have a nice large garden that we thought would be perfect to give some hens a new life in. Although i used to be very proud of my lawn, I've sacrificed it for the jly of watching the girls scratching around looking for their next snack. Each of our girls has a very distinct personality and we totally adore them all. Its been the best thing we've done for ages (since getting married)! Recently Daisy, who occupies the lowest rung on the pecking order has started with a few new traits which worry me slightly. She's started to lift her feet high in front of her, goose stepping as though in the Chinese Army marching. So she's walking funny but she's also keeping her neck retracted and pulled into her shoulders. Any suggestions? We were getting three or four eggs a day but this month we've only been getting 2 eggs a day but I'm not sure this is related, more likely just because the girls are growing feather ready for winter and its been a bit cooler recently. As an aside, they're no longer laying in the nesting boxes instead, they now lay in a 'secret nest' in the now defunct compost heap. So keeping chickens, all in all seems to be brilliant fun and a real adventure but it's another four girls for me to worry about and I love them dearly already! So that's my intro. Flying Carpet.