Hello, My name is Jessica and I just joined BYC. I recently decided that I wanted to raise chickens for the eggs (here in Ohio we had a pretty bad year for chickens and egg prices went crazy!) Once I started researching back yard raising I realized how much more raising chickens could be. I have found a lot of helpful research here on BYC and decided to join. I just ordered 6 chicks through my local supply store and am very excited to start. Yes, I know it's winter, and I know its scary to start in the cold. But I didn't want to wait until Thanksgiving for eggs! Hopefully all the helpful tips that I have read here will get my first experience with chicks off to a great start. I ordered 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Barred Plymouth Rocks and am hoping my American Bulldog is excited about his new family members! Any Positive feedback on raising babies in the cold is more than appreciated! Thanks everyone!