Man, even when you stack the deck, things just don't fall right! The ladies are laying eggs. We'd love to hatch out the eggs, but right now is not the time to start incubating, with winter being about a month away.
This one is a bit hard to puzzle out, but there are two hens and 7 baby chicks in the lilac bushes. We started with 10 chicks, but 2 drowned in the pools and one disappeared; probably down a feral cat's throat. I saw one lurking around last week and got a shot off at it. I don't think I hit it, but I am sure I scared it enough not to come around for a while.