Hello, everyone! After quite some time researching backyard chicken-keeping, I decided to take the plunge! I'm twenty-seven, and this is my first time caring for chickens on my own; however, I did have them for about twelve years in my youth. Despite the fact that roosters are technically "allowed" in my area, I do live in a tight neighborhood and decided to pass on having a rooster (wouldn't want to bother anyone with the crowing) and brought six hens home instead. I bought them from a local feed store. They were labeled as "Ameraucanas", but I am assuming that they are, in fact, Easter Eggers... which is completely fine by me. Admittedly, I'm just interested in the colored eggs after growing up around a large variety of brown-egg-layers. =) I'll be having a chickie-baby photo shoot later this evening and will be posting pictures of the six little ladies. I tried to select chicks with specific markings to tell them apart. Here is a decent picture that I happen to already have: *Since this picture was taken, they have been moved to a much larger tote, and their water has been raised up slightly. Top left is Goldielocks (pretty blonde coloring). Directly behind her, to the right, is Eve. Bottom left is Speckles (has a speckled face). To her right (pretty soft brown coloring) is Tinkerbell. She is the bossiest and also the bravest (first one to run up to me). To her right is Baby Rae. And far bottom right is Muffin. A quick concern: Poor planning on my part. My chickies will be about two months old in the MIDDLE of winter. I live in the Southeast part of Washington State, where freezing temperatures and snow are not uncommon but also not "extreme". Should this be a concern when it comes to moving my hens outside? What can I do to make sure I am well-prepared, and they stay safe from the temperatures? I hope you like my cuties, and I'd like to hear about your own as well! I've been wanting to do this for a long time.