I don't remember why or if I ever decided to raise chickens but that special day in April I drove out of my way to the store that advertised that they had new chicks. I had the sales girl pick the breeds that could tolerate the cold so she gave me a RI Red (Abby), Silver laced Wyandotte (Thelma), Golden laced Wyandotte (Gertrude), Partridge Rock (Rosey formerly pasty butt ), Buff Orpington (Hannah), and my feather footed Brahma (Penny) . The next time I went to the store for supplies I couldn't help myself and I picked up 2 more another RI Red (Amy) and a Leghorn (Sadie). They are spoiled, brave, and bossy when they want their treats. My cat is afraid of them and wants nothing to do with them. They are my new babies and I love them Now, I own a pair of rubber shoes to wear when taking care of the chickens Oh yeah... I live in Ulster County, NY. There is always something new to learn when I come to this site so I'm finally a member today.