Hello All! My name is Jen, and I’ve been fantasizing about being a Backyard Chicken Chick for a couple years now. I’ve spent many a session trolling BYC threads & soaking up all I could with every random wonder I’ve had! There always seems to be a thread relating to my random inquiries, and gloriously informational tangents that take me down such appreciated rabbit holes where I learn so much more with each obsessive session… I love this community! Last week I dove in on an inspired whim and acquired 10 lovely Ladies from a family that has teenagers who fell out of interest in their hen keeping, and then 1 super sweet (but utterly freaked out) Salmon Faverolles as a rescue from a separate moving family. I am now the new and elated ward of the Salmon Faverolles, 3 Australorps, 2 Barred Rocks, 1 RIR, 1 Isa Brown, 1 Buff Orp, 1 EE, and 1 slightly bossy but beautiful and statuesque Golden Laced Cochin! All the ladies have great manners and were so quiet & polite on our 3 hour ride home, and the subsequent move into a very different but loving home (UPDATE: I now know, from pouring over tons of threads, that they were not polite but terrified- ha! Oh, how our perspectives can color what we think we know…). They’re all quite tame, friendly and have already begun to trust and enjoy my company. All of them seem happy with the new digs, except for the one Ameraucana. She seems depressed if I can be so presumptuous to diagnose a being I’m as yet unfamiliar with. She also seems to be the low gal on the totem pole, based on how she skitters from the other flock members when they come into close quarters. They don’t peck at each other much I can tell, because they’re all beautifully feathered and haven’t taken the strain of the move out on each other, so I’m very happy about that! I was able to convert our raised 10'x20' shed into a totally do-able chicken hotel, and this week and ongoing, it will be further upgraded into the perfect hen home! We will cut a doorway into the deck and add a ladder down to the covered dirt run, then fence it off to include a larger open run area with access to the garden, so our extremely interested dogs can’t have their way with my Ladies! (At least that’s my grand vision for the as-yet unsuspecting Honey-DO!) I need to do a few upgrades to the make-shift, super fast setup I created so they will be comfortable and maybe be inspired to lay for me! I’ll be patiently awaiting the first golden gift of eggalicious awesomeness, though I know it could be a while. I can say that even my make-shift hotel setup is way more roomy, cozy and protected than their previous arrangements! I’m just so eggcited to have them and get to know them- they have quickly become my most favored obsession! Thanks to All of the BYC Community for your open acceptance of each other and all the sharing of questions, experiences and knowledge. It’s already helped me so very much in my will to dive in, and now in my new venture with these Gorgeous Girls!