Hello All. Well, we finally signed up to BYC after lurking for the past 6 months. We are fairly new chicken owners in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, although Mr Moo grew up with chickens on farms many, many decades ago. We have many a tale to tell, like all loving chicken owners. We will be sharing stories here and on our website, dedicated to our beautiful free-ranging girls at http://happyhens.net (still under construction). Our main chicken story today is about the rescue of 8 'Soup Chickens'. On a visit to our local fodder store to pick up feed for our resident girls, Mr Moo came across 8 Australorps in a cage at the end of the main shed. On enquiring about the price, Mr Moo was told that they were 'Soup Chickens', being over 2 years old, and that they were there for the eating by any local who might want to come and take them away for slaughter and cooking! The price... they were free! Well, these girls were just beautiful, and we felt that they deserved a more dignified end to their lives, so 4 were immediately adopted and taken to Miss Jane's house for a sun-loving free-range retirement. On the return journey our conscience couldn't let the other 4 suffer the fate of the pot, so they were rescued too. So, here... meet the New Girls! Australorps 1-3 (Click to Enlarge) Well? (Click to Enlarge) Australorps 1-3 & 5-7 (Click to Enlarge) We almost doubled our flock size in a single afternoon, with the most beautiful gentle girls imaginable. We have decided to give them all chicken soup names, in honour of their timely rescue! All of the girls will eventually have their own profile page at http://happyhens.net . Do drop by for a visit. In the meantime, thanks to everyone for all of the wonderful chicken advice on BYC. It has been invaluable! Best wishes, Miss Jane and Mr Moo.