I've found all of your shared experiences so helpful as we have been planning for adding chickens to our family so I'm happy to be joining you! I'm located in Boulder, CO although only transplanted out here 5 years ago from the East Coast (central PA then MD). Mom to a second grader, 2 rescued black lab mixes, 2 tanks of fish, and soon to a flock of 4 hens. Chicken coop arrives after being built by a local craftsman in less than 2 weeks.
Buying started pullets from a locally owned and operated feed store, but still not 100% sure on the breeds we'll bring home. I initially thought that I'd go with 4 Buff Orpingtons, but my son is hoping for a little more variety. Considering the possibility of getting 2 of the Buff Orpingtons and either 2 Barred Rocks or 2 Brahmas. My son wants the Barred Rocks, but I'm thinking the Brahmas may be a better temperament with the Buff Orpingtons from what I've read in reviews. My husband is just happy with anything that produces eggs! Anyone have either of these combos in their flocks?
Looking forward to meeting folks and learning more!