I started raising black cochin bantams and grey calls back in junior high school in New York state and gave them away when I went to college (the boy who took them is now a full time farmer). Fast forward 47 years and we recently acquired 5 EE chicks from a local hatchery near us in Raleigh, NC. They are 4 weeks old and hopefully all pullets. I've enjoyed reading some of the old Backyard Chicken posts on sexing EE chicks and from information I've taken from them, I think that there's a good chance that my hopes may be true.
The main concern I have at the moment is moving the chicks to their outdoor coop - probably in January. I figure I'll transition them by first putting them outside on days with good weather and bring them in at nights, and wait for some moderate nights to start leaving them out. I don't want to use any heaters in the coop. Any advice about transitioning them outdoors in the middle of winter would be appreciated. Our winters usually don't involve more than a dusting or two of snow, but we can expect freezing temperatures for many nights, and some days from Dec. - March.
Looking forward to reading more posts and gaining more knowledge from the collective brain of backyard chickens.