Hi yall! I am new to this forum and I am "eggcited" to learn more about chickens and talk chicken! I used to live in Florida before I moved to Arkansas. When I lived in Florida I owned a nice flock of Buff Orpingtons, Sliver Laced Wyandottes, Black Astralorps, Light Brahmas and Salmon Faverolles. I enjoyed every minute raising them and the wonderful eggs they gave me. My husband and I now have 40 acres on top of a mountain in Northwest Arkansas. I am eager to start raising chickens again. I hope to have the coop constructed by the spring and to be able to order my chicks by April or May. I have thought from ordering from Murray McMurrary hatchery this time but I am open to any suggestions you have for a hatchery to order chicks. I plan to order about 50 total chicks,and possibly some guineas. Also I would love some of your tips and ideas on your coops, what works for you etc....I am thinking of a shed like building with a nice fenced area for them. I also will let them free range on certain days when I am able to keep an eye on them. I am aware there are alot of predators in my area so I want to be real sure I have a safe home for them. Also I am concerned about the cold winters here and having the coop warm enough for them. I plan to choose chicks that are tolerant to the cold weather. I look forward to making friends on this forum and learning alot more about our feathered friends!