Well, we are down to two hens. I'm calling them Nellie and Faye (shout out to Ingrid Michaelson). A few weeks after the first rooster was evicted, the other two started making an awful racket and went the way of their predecessor. It is a lot quieter around here, and I noticed a sharp decline in food consumption and toe pecking (mine) after they left.
Up until the last week, the hens had free range in the backyard. (We did find a new home for our chicken-eating golden retriever, in case you were wondering). But then they started flying up to roost on our fence at night and ended up in our neighbor's yard two days in a row. After the second retrieval, they both had a come-to-Jesus in my kitchen with me, a pair of Cutco kitchen shears, and a youtube video on the art of chicken wing clipping. That was an experience.
They are now mostly confined to their coop. I let them out sometimes during the day, but I really don't want to take the risk of having disgruntled neighbors, so it's only for a few supervised hours. They have also started laying an egg every now and then *happy squeal* and they do it at the most random times, so I don't like letting them out of their coop until they have produced their egg for the day. I only get one egg a day, and I don't want to miss it...cause boy are they good!