Hi everyone! I’ve been lurking here on BYC for a while as my family and I prepare to raise some chickens. I’ve learned so much and love reading your posts! Great site and so much sage wisdom. Love it! We have 25 chicks arriving next week from McMurray Hatchery. I am pretty much over the moon as the day approaches. After much debate and discussion, we decided to go with a diverse flock of hens: 2 Blue Andalusians, 2 Buff Laced Polish, 2 White Crested Black Polish, 2 Dominiques, 3 Delawares, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 2 Salmon Faverolles. I have concerns the RIRs may be too dominant over the others. I’d love to hear form others on this issue. We have a 100 ft^2 coop and a couple acres, though are working on a run for these girls. We will brood them in our garage for a few weeks because we have no power to our coop and we are still getting freezing temps at night occasionally. Our youngest is a 4H kid and has really been looking forward to raising chickens and it’s been fun learning together. He only wants Polish breeds after seeing them at the fair last summer, but my husband and I are less keen on them because they don’t seem as cold hearty - from what I have read - and we live in NY. In addition to chickens, we are also preparing for bees in late May. We can often be found out wandering trails, exploring woodland ponds, or helping all manner of retiles and amphibians cross roads.