we are the proud new 'parents' of 5 black australorps and 3 EE's. the feed store clerk gave us one of the EE's free because she has what looks like a 'hernia' and told us not to expect her to make it. she eats, drinks, poops, runs, jumps and tries to fly just like the others and she is the largest of them all. we put them in their new house but have a 2' by 4' brooding pen blocked off and of course a brooder lamp. the house is 8' by 8' and 8' tall. we have drop down nesting boxes for cleaning and an 8' roosting board when they grow up. we are as prepared as one can be for her potential passing, but even if she won't lay when older we will take care of her as if she were.