Hi all, I'm Rachel from SE Colorado( not Pueblo, the real SE Colorado... the part only a few minutes from Oklahoma ad Kansas). I have been lurking for awhile on BYC, and figured I better just go ahead and join! I'm a born and raised farm girl, and no stranger to animal care. That being said, haven't ever had my own chickens. We have usually left that our grandmas. Grandma is now tired of the chores, and I can't live without my farm eggs (who wants to eat those pale yoked nutrient lacking things from the store! Lol), so we are entering into the world of chicken keeping. I have 25 chicks on order from McMurray for a Feb 10th arrival. I'll be honest, I am getting more nervous as the days get closer, and am somewhat regretting ordering for a February delivery. Also ordering from a hatchery that is pretty far form me. That being said, the post office has been notified already, and am prepared as best as can be in hopes they make it here ok! I know there is a solid chance we might lose some, but hoping not too many! Until I started looking into getting our own chickens, I never knew there was such a wide variety of breeds/types. I perused the chicken chart and BYC and decided to try a mixed flock to see which ones I liked best. Going to try EE's, Welsummers, Speckled Sussex, Delawares, Buff Orpingtons, Golden Wyandotte, Barred Rock, and a couple Red Stars. I probably shouldn't have ordered so many different ones at once, but I just couldn't narrow it down any further! And I wanted an assortment of egg colors ( I know... all eggs are the same on the inside, lol, but why not enjoy the endeavor that you're embarking on?) All are sexed except for the Welsummers, and those were only available as straight run. Hopefully not all will come as roosters, but you never know! A little about us... my husband is a farmer, and I spend as much time as I can helping him. I also work as a Dispatcher at the local Sheriff's Office, and am an EMT-I for local EMS also. I raise dairy goats (with a few grade/market type crosses in there as well). I primarily have Sables (which are just the colored version of Saanens), and kidding season started last night! I also have 3 BLM burros that we adopted a few years ago. So, I guess that's my story. Thanks for all the wonderful advice and info available on this forum! It has been very helpful so far, and I am positive it will be in the future. I have enjoyed reading all the fun stories and seeing all the pictures so far.