I too am a newbie chicken freak. Got my first 4 buffs this spring. Two weeks ago I lost 2 chickens, mid morning after I let them out. Darla was sitting on her nest being a good chicken laying an egg while the other 2 went out galavanting. When I came home @ lunch they were gone. Their sibling left the same way several weeks ago. We think a hawk did it as we've seen one/two in the trees. AARGH!! I was sooo upset. We've been trying to ask people in the area who have chickens if they'd sell one but no one is selling right now. To our beloved chicken masters, here's my question: How bad would it be to just keep her, spend a lot of time w/her then get baby chicks in the spring? I love this site & visit it often. She is very friendly - we hold her, she sits on our laps & she follows us all over the yard. They were pretty much all like that. Should we get a couple of chicks so she can mother them or try to find some her size?