Hi there! I have been keeping chickens for almost two years in Interior Alaska. There are some special challenges up here, as you might well imagine - cold is the major one! We have a flock of about 25 hens and (I think) two roos. The second roo is questionable - haven't heard him crow or seen an egg come out, so we'll let that one stay until we can decide if it's a he or a her! lol I joined this forum because I'd like to learn a bit more about keeping chickens. We have a fantastic insulated coop for them that is wired with outlets and everything - it's really great! We keep full-spectrum lights on 15 hours a day so they will lay through winter. They don't get to free range, because our dogs would eat them, but they do have a pretty large fenced yard where they spend many happy hours scratching through the bedding we take out of our goat barn. We don't have any one particular breed, although there are a lot of wyandottes in our flock because we got a great deal on 25 chicks our first year! We also have one polish, some black copper marans, orpingtons, rhode island red, ameracaunas, and a few other breeds. Our wyandotte roo last year gave us some pretty chicks - too bad most of them were roos and are now in the freezer. Sure wish there was a way to tell what gender would come out of which egg!