I guess part of managing a flock is choosing who stays and who goes. Today was tough for me. My first incubator hatch (hatch 9-18-08) resulted in 1 ameraucana from 12 shipped eggs, 2 sumatras and 4 mixed from my girls. Today I gave up all of them but the ameracauna (why can I never remember how to spell that?) to my cousin who has never had chickens. The thing is, this little group never got used to the big kids and always hung out away from the crowd. So my 1 lonely ameraucana girl was hiding in a corner all alone. I held her and cuddled for a good 20 minutes under a heat lamp by the roosts. She was shaking so badly. It wasn't like it was traumatic catching the others. They were used to being picked up. I think she realized she's alone with the big kids now. (she's bigger than most of them). I'm so worried about the rest of them, too. My cousin doesn't have the best track record with animals. I hope chickens will be the exception for her. It seems like the right thing to do, but it's so darned hard to let them go. I helped my Dad process birds once when I was in grade school. That didn't bother me...in fact I thought it was pretty cool. But sending them to live somewhere else does bother me. I must be messed up.