Hi all, I've been lurking as of late but have officially become a member. We have 3 (originally 4) hens and a surprise rooster who so far has justified his continued existence by generally protecting the flock (except for what we believe was a fox incident with our small black one but she tended to lag a fair bit behind the group). The rooster is a bit aggressive but our 4 year old is learning to stand up to him (shocking amount of life lessons there), and I've been handling him a lot - hoping his hormones calm down a bit, but who knows (maybe you do ) So far, they free range full time - we have a large herding dog who generally keeps most predators at bay, and they get along well with him except when he tries to eat their feed. One is older than the others by about 6 weeks and lay her first egg yesterday. We're getting 15cm of snow tomorrow so that should be interesting. We've done a sand bedding and will be putting pine shavings on top for warmth through the winter - the coop is big enough for them but also small enough that I'm concerned (maybe wrongly) about the air quality if we did deep litter. That's pretty much it, we named them and have fully become chicken people - evidenced by our talking more about the chickens than our kiddos at parties! That's pretty much it about us, very happy to be here! You'll be seeing me around for sure. ETA: We don't know what breed they are. Likely a Canadian breed or one that does fairly well in zone 5 - a local farmer hooked us up with them and I keep forgetting to ask him what the breed is. If you know I would love to find out!