Hello Everyone! You can call me Ms. B.! I am 53 years old married with a couple kiddos....My hobby is breeding different sorts of birds. Normally we have hundreds of birds in our aviaries at any given time of the year....the busiest of course being in the spring when all our young arrive. I have scaled way down now this year to only owning a few special pairs, my first love the American Red Cardinal and of course my song Canaries are now my main focus. Never have I thought before this year about owning Chickens!!! After around 6 months of reading on it...and then asking some friends who keep chickens my interest has peaked. I have been looking at different breeds here in Holland. I am familiar with chickens from my youth growing up in America...but the breeds have names and specialties now it seems. Ok as you can see...I'm a newbie to this!! Lets talk climate next! Here is a cooler moist sea climate. I have learned to work with this with my bird breeding hobby. All the birds have dry areas to sit (some even heated). I have looked at several types of bedding over the years and find what works best here is hemp fiber. As the birds excrete...the fiber sucks it up and clumps and quickly dries out. I currently have no chickens. I am looking to purchase 6-10 hens for a start. I have found a reputable breeder who breeds several types and the quality of his stock is beautiful. My preparations so far is a coop that is 1.5 meter square and 2 meter high. It has 10 private nesting boxes with separate roosting area. It is warm (unheated but can be) dry and ventilated. outside is a 2 square meter covered area attached to a 6 square meter uncovered fenced enclosure. Auto water system is installed with tiny drink cups. Now the types I'm looking at. I would like to do this mix of ISA Brown, Australorp (black and blue), New Hampshire and Rhode Island Reds. If anyone has experience with these birds I would love to hear from you! The young hens are about 15 weeks old now...and I will be picking them up soon. Ok so thats my story...I welcome all advise opinions and general conversation!