Being new to the forum I have been lurking for weeks reading of the horror stories raising chickens and the wonderful fulfilling part of the experience. I have two out of originally six RIR hens and they have been basically trouble free, lost four to hawks, I bought them at Tractor Supply and just kept them water a food and they have thrived. I recently acquired eight from a guy who had a hundred outside in a pen covered by a tarp with one heat lamp.in the winter time in North Texas and it was in the 30s. I paid $2 a piece and all eight lived and are doing great so I am wondering why some seem to be bullet proof and others die easily. I just introduced the eight to the pen with the two adults and it was nip and tuck the first day as one of the adults taunted them all day long chasing them and lightly pecking at them but today they are all outside foraging and basically coexisting just fine. SO can I expect things to turn for the worse or just hope my luck holds out..