Hello my wife, kids and i have decided we would like to have a few chickens around our property. We live about a half hour west of syracuse new york. We are seeking any advice on helping us through our journey. I have read quite a few books on raising backyard chickens and scoured forums (except this one for whatever reason... stupid google) but i am seeking real knowledge on raising a few chickens in our yard. Especially keeping them through the winter and more importantly keeping them happy. We started squarefoot gardening a few years ago and i believe its time to add to our little "homestead". This is going to be a learning experience for myself and more importantly for my 3 kids to teach them responsibility and an understanding of where your food comes from. So any help with hardy egg laying breeds that enjoy the frigid winters of new york and how to keep them happy i am all ears and accepting of any and all advice. Thank you in advance.