First, a huge thanks for all the info I've gleaned off this site. I decided to register to express my thanks as well as show off some pics! I remember raising chickens (and lots of other birds) in Alaska as a kid so thought we'd get some now that we've relocated to MN. The coop, not quite done, is 10 x 12 with the chicken portion 8 x 10. It is fully insulated and will be wired for electricity. There will be a separate uninsulated coop attached to the left side soon.....that is where the freezer fillers will be raised. Coop: The birds came from McMurray Hatchery and arrived yesterday morning. The local P.O. called and I picked them up when they opened. All appear healthy and happy.......eating, drinking, and generating LOTS of poop. We went with Black Austrolorps, Barred Rocks, Buff Rocks, and Partridge Rocks as they are supposed to be dual purpose birds that lay in winter AND are kid friendly. Ordered 11 each and they kicked in an extra BA and BR along with the "rare" chick. Birds: Any idea what breed the "rare" chick is (lower right in this pic)? ....and another "rare chick" shot...... Again, THANK YOU for a friendly, informative site.