Tranguility, yes those are Buff Orpingtons and 1 RIR. The buffs are sweet but as they age (3 years now) they have started demanding to sit in my lap and it takes a lot of time to attend to them all now. LOL. I guess since we got rid of the rooster I've taken his place so to speak. I have 2 RIR X Buff hens from when my rooster was here and they are great, dark red with buff personality.

Colin, we have coyotes here and they use my woods road at night to skirt around my house. I've never had them interested in the hen house, no tracks in the snow etc. Domestic dogs are much more of a threat.