I've raised barred rock, black australorps, and even some meat birds, when my children were small. Now that everyone is on their own... I find myself easily talked into a "chicken project"! My duplex neighbor and myself ordered up 6 pullets from Murray McMurray Hatchery. This is border-line insanity if you think about it... We are already reaching freezing temps, Our men are not happy, but are bundled up and reluctantly building the coop. My husband tweaked his back moving 12x12 beams for the project, so I will be insulating the coop with styro sheets and tar paper, Two of the birds should be here today! "Tracy", a golden crested top hatter, and "Patricia",a black star, arrive first, to follow on the 21st is "Heika"a Newhampshire red, and "Helene" a buff orpington. Then, on the 4th of November two more pullets arrive, "Judy-Jo", a black australorp, and "Megs" a delaware. I was surprised to find that adult birds are now being shipped. I hope all the introductions go well in our new establishment. We already have named them after ourselves and friends by haircolor (I have been a hairdresser for 30 years!). With each new set of birds.... I plan on re-arranging the interior of the coop, and offer treats, fresh distractions... all to make it seem like a party for more chickens!!?! I know "Bullying" has been outlawed.... But this is Alaska... being "COOPED UP" brings out the worse in all of us! Stay warm my new friends! Megs ( the delaware!), aka... Alaska Chix Mom!