Recently traveling the northern west coast of Michigan I passed a local sign advertizing "Farm Fresh Eggs". Soooo, my girlfriend and I ventured down a rural country road and came upon an old farm house and dwelling in need of severe maintanence and showing its true age of the times. No one appeared home but we seen the heads of chickens in the backyard and decided to drive around to take a look at the coop dwelling and chicks. Much to our surprise, it appeared inhospitable for chicks to live in such a confined, dilapidated area that looked like something from the backwoods of an old movie. Too many chicks in a small pent up area confined to their space. What really saddened us was the plucked butts of most of the hens in the small but confined fenced yard area. I surely wouldnt want to eat an egg pooped out of one of those butts! We are purchasing our first flock of chicks in the spring of 2012 and are concerned about territorial behavior of the chicks as they grow together. Is this plucked butt a common cause or is it neglect on the owners part? Surely dont want to see this activity in our pen.