I thought long and hard about it and decided I wasn't going to hatch chicks this year. And yesterday I said goodbye to 6 Phoenix hens 3 of them belonged to my friend Penny, who was so sweet in hatching out chicks for me with her 3 sweet girls and loaning me those girls to take care and raise the chicks. I also gave her my other 3 phoenix hens that had hatched out this spring. She is getting new chicks to add to her flock soon and these hens make and are great mamas. So she will be needing broody hens and these girls are great broodies. I was sad and glad at the same time. Knowing the girls were going home with Penny was very heart warming because she is a great chicken mama to her flock. I will miss those girls talking and running up to me to see what I am doing or have for them when I am in the yard. And so after we had a nice visit with Penny and Bernie they gave us some scrapple and we gave them some sausage, they had to headed home. She posted this to me on FB when they got home. (( The girls made it home just fine. Did you teach them to sing? I swear they were harmonizing to Alan Jackson on the radio........ Ha! -- I posted back to her this... I think they love listening to T. when he played the radio in the garage on our days off work... )) This morning I so missed those 6 girls when I went out to feed and water the 16 hens and 2 roosters I still have. It just seem a little to quiet after all the noise the girls make first thing in the morning when they get their scratch. But the roosters were letting me know they missed those girls too, by the talk they gave me. lol But I think in time now that all my chickens are in 1 coop and not 2 they will settle down and the boys have new girls to make relationships with they will soon all be happy again. I know the girls that got moved are enjoy a much bigger coop and more nest boxes to choose from I got 6 eggs before I came to work today. :-) And if by chance I decide I want chicks I still have 2 Phoenix mix hens and if they are like their mama was I still may have a broody hen come spring. I so love having chickens, they help keep me sane but can drive me nuts at times too.