Hi everyone, My husband and I bought some land in Maine last winter, and have been working towards adding livestock. We are just finishing a shed, part of which will be given over to chickens. The woman we buy our eggs from has saved me a few Buff Orpingtons so I won't have to wait til spring and get chicks, I'll have laying hens right away. I can't wait til the coop is done! The chickens will be our first animals on the place that don't live in the house. I'm hoping to get some Speckled Sussex at some point, too. We are new to keeping chickens and are grateful to have found this wealth of information. In addition to the not-yet-arrived chickens, our family consists of us two 2-leggeds, a German Shepherd, a German Shepherd foster dog, and two (at the moment) indoor cats. We look forward to any and all advice about keeping chickens in cold climates.