Hi Backyardchickens.Com! Long time lurker first time poster! I've acquired 8 hens from a farmer down the road from me after building a coop and searching the local classified for some hens. The farmer was a very nice man but definitely kept them as a side project to his dairy cow herd, they were kept in small dark dirty hutches with no option to graze outside. They are very happy to be at my house now where they have an enclosed pen inside our horse barn, which they have free range of during the day while the horses are outside, and we've also enclosed around the front door of the barn with snow fence so they can graze some grass if they choose (still a bit too nervous to travel away from the coop though!) The farmer said they are Rhode Island Reds however in my research of the breed standard I am not sure if they are purebred RIRS. I've been looking at Red Sex Linked breeds and they look more similar to the flock I have. I'm also a bit concearned about the health of a few of the hens feathers. Their necks are pretty bare - is this due to poor nutrition/living conditions, or is it normal appearance for molting season? Any insight on the breed and condition of my hens would be greatly appreciated! I'm excited to have my own birds now so I can contribute more frequently to this community Thanks!!