I live in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, near Charlottesville. I have always wanted chickens about five months ago read Everything on chickens. 15 weeks ago I ordered 5 1-Day old female chicks from Meyer Hatchery: 1 Easter Egger, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 White Cochin, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Silver Laced Polish. They sent me an extra Easter Egger. Since then I've added 3 Golden Comets, 1 Barred Rock and 1 Rhode Island Red. We have LOTS of predators in the area so we built a portable run for nice weather days and a secure coop/run combo for night-time and bad weather days. The birds were free ranging until I lost one of the Easter Eggers to a freak accident. I come to this website for all my chicken questions!