I started out with a duck that needed companions to grow up. I bought two chickens and a coop. What was suppose to be predator proof, wasnt. I saw the door open and whatever scratched the sides, got in, my duck was ok, but the two chickens were dead, no blood or anything. I immediately bought two more. Lucy and Ethel. Later adding Betty White. Then two more ducklings... Now all the ducks have taken to Mother Nature. Betty laid the first egg in mid December Lucy laid one about a week later. Ethel never laid one. Ethel died last night. I did notice her sitting on the ground in the barn, but didn't think much of it. She had been all alone. I am so heart broken. She was a cream Americauna with a beautiful beard and stashe. Being about 6 or 7 months old.... What happened? I couldn't wait for her first colored egg. Out of 5 chickens now I have lost 3. I hate it because ..well, I love them, but poor Lucy isn't a very smart chicken.... Betty is pretty smart and is self sufficient.... Lucy isn't.