Hello all you chicken lovers! I will be starting my own flock in about two weeks. I just brought home a used coop, and have my brooder ready. I am having a hard time deciding on what breeds to get and whether to free range or run them. My favorite breeds (just from internet research) are Sussex and Swedish Flower Hens, but the local feed store can't get them (of course). We live in the mountains where it gets quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer, so I need a couple of hardy breeds. Personality is important too, as I have small children and we are excited about playing with the chickens - but I also want them to be smart and a little bit spunky, as there is the possibility of predators. And, of course, we are looking forward to eggs! Okay, I guess that is enough for now. Happy to be part of the community!