Hi, I figured while I am waiting to move from California to Oregon, I would start researching chicken related stuff again. I haven't had chickens for about 12 years, and finally moving somewhere where I will be able to have them again. I ordered Story's chicken guide, think I must of had the first edition back when I started my love of chickens. I am planning to order chicks next spring, in order to get the breeds I want as well as build a great coop for them. Thinking I would like to try out the cream leg bars and spitzhausens, and probably a couple of australops for good measure. I had Easter Eggers, polish and silkies before and they were all great fun, the easter eggers were defiantly my favorite for personality as well as pretty eggs. I always gravitate to the more interesting looking chickens as they really are pets with benefits. My last chickens lasted 5 years till a fox came and wiped out all but two one night. I would love to hear if anyone has had the legbars or spitzhausens, and what hatcheries people use and like out in the westcoast area. My last chickens came from McMurry, and I liked them, but worry that it may be too far to ship to Oregon. So off I go to lurk around and catch up on all things chicken I am so excited!