Former Alaskans retired to eastern Washington state. This is our third year of chicken keeping and we are absolutely HOOKED. My hubs built an incredible coop from a pattern we found online and we painted it to match the house. We've made friends throughout the neighborhood with gifts of fresh eggs. The flock began with 15 chicks from McMurray Hatchery - Australorps, Delawares, Red Stars, Speckled Sussex and New Hampshire. Got a bonus chick which turned out to be a Buttercup rooster. Our absolute favorites? The Speckled Sussex and Red Star. We shared a number of our chickens among family and now we have a flock of eight who will be three years old in April. We've ordered another 15 chicks for April --- Speckled Sussex of course, plus Americaunas, Cuckoo Marans, Buttercups and Black Stars. We look forward to the "bonus" exotic chick to see what we get! It's like a Crackerjack prize!