We are long since running out of space over here and were forced to look at reducing the size of our flock. Sugar and Houdini were the oldest ladies and weren't laying much anymore. Houdini attacked Ethyl a few weeks ago and blinded her in one eye. Ethyl has not been able to live with the rest of the flock since. Lucy is Ethyl's bosom buddy -- born of the same clutch, raised along side Ethyl every step of the way. We knew she would mourn Ethyl so much, and since we needed to cull at least one more, Lucy ended up being the one we (reluctantly) chose to be culled. We found a local chicken farmer who has really good facilities for butchering chickens, and has a deep respect for the birds he culls. He is as gentle as you can be with them. So we got him to cull the four of them. He would have given us back the meat in butchered, frozen form, but we couldn't eat these hens. So we asked him to donate their meat to somebody with a limited income who could use the extra meat. I miss them already. RIP Ethyl, Lucy, Sugar and Houdini. I hope to meet up with you on the Rainbow Bridge someday.