I'm a wife and stay at home mother of four (13, 11 and 1 year old twins) living rurally west central MN. We have four dogs, four cats and now a dozen chicks! My aunt had chickens when I was younger and I've wanted them ever since. I love animals and I like to find ways for my family to be self sustainable in healthy ways. We garden, hunt and fish a great deal in our spare time. After researching and planning extensively I convinced hubs to take the dive and let me acquire a small laying flock. For weather and the sake of the kids playing outside often I was focused on finding winter hardy, friendly and heavy layers. Our coop is under construction and will ultimately be just 6x8 so ordering a large number or paying a lot for a small number from a hatchery didn't seem like a very good idea. We were able to first locate someone locally selling straight run Easter Eggers (4), Silver Laced Wyandottes (2) and Welsummers (4). Those are three weeks old now. Just last Sunday I also found someone selling month old Speckled Sussex pullets (the breed at the absolute top of my list) so we picked up a couple of those too.
I'm excited to talk to others here who are as enthusiastic as I've become lol. If I'm being serious now, it's bordering on obsession and everyone in my family is sick of me going on and on about everything chicken. It's clear I needed a new outlet with those who actually understand. I hope I have finally found "my people"
(I have a lengthy gender thread full of pictures but will truncate them into just a couple for sharing sake!)
You will have a beautiful flock!! U might be not to far from me! We r in western central MN too!