Well, we are down to 10 chickens. Zebra 4, as our sons called the Barred Rock Rooster, had to be killed Thursday when Nathaniel got home. He had started associating Lydia with a hen and was dive-bombing her back when she was in the yard. We do miss him; he was terribly friendly and smart for a chicken, but of course we can't have roosters flying at Lydia. So now we have 9 hens and 1 rooster. Nathaniel also clipped the wings of the hens because we were having trouble keeping them in our yard. They've been staying in the fence since then, so we're hoping they stay put from now on. We don't want our chickens bothering the neighbors!
On the plus side, we've been getting 3 to 4 eggs a day from the hens. The barred rocks and ameruacanas are laying. I'm not sure about the Rhode Island Red, and I'm really pretty sure that the buff orpingtons are not laying yet. Despite the trama of losing the lead rooster and having feathers clipped, we are still collecting eggs! I'm really excited that all of our eggs are now coming from our own hens.