And by Harsh, I mean HARSH. Temperatures that will, on occasion reach below -20 degrees F. I live in Alaska, and we are purchasing a home in about 2 months. I am new to chickens (My parents had then when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago, and not here in this state), so I am doing a LOT of research before I jump into anything. But, I DO know that I have always wanted them, and we are buying a house especially in an area where we can have them. We are going to be spending this entire summer building the PERFECT coop, insulated and heated with light-bulbs, and with outdoor artificial lighting, WELL protected and safely fenced in area for the Birds. We will be getting the Birds as chicks the following spring, and they are going to spend the first few weeks in the house, then go into their area. I need advice on what breeds will be safe in Alaska, but I also want to make sure to go with birds that will lay larger eggs as I have children that LOVE them, and eat more and more of them as time passes. I dont want to get any birds that will suffer up here, but I am also sick of buying my eggs from the store! They taste like crap!