Hi there! I picked up my first handful of chicks in Bend, Oregon yesterday! After years of reading and wishing I finally moved to an area that allows them, and boy am I excited! I decided to go with a mixed flock so that we could have a variety of egg colors and so that the hens would be easy to tell apart. I left the store (I purchased from a farm supply store this time) with a White Leghorn pullet, a Rhode Island Red pullet, a Black Australorp pullet, a Barred Rock pullet, and two Ameracauna pullets. One of the Ameracanas was given to us for free because she was weak. I tried nursing her through the night, but unfortunately she did not make it. The others are all doing very well. After picking up the first group I went to a chicken class at another farming supply store and left with a Welsummer pullet as well (the eggs look irresistible!) We have them in a large tote right now with a red light in the laundry room. Im working on getting the room the right temperature right now. Any tips? What are your favorite breeds out of these? We do not have a coop yet, but my husband is a woodworker and we are brainstorming! It still gets very cold here at night and we had a bout of snow yesterday, so it'll be a while before they'll be moved anyway!