Ann, you are right to not get into incubating yet, get the chickens first and get some great experiences working with them. I can't wait for you to get some chickens Ann. I know that you have been studying them for a long time and you finally feel like you are ready to take this other job on. You will love having the chickens at your place. I know the nature lover that you are. There is nothing else on this earth like the sounds of the chickenyard. It will bring a beautiful peace to your soul and you will spend hours watching, listening. There are so many sounds that these birds make, every sound indicates something different, in the birds' world. You will be an even more happy woman (and how can that be? I know that you are there, especially with your "new and improved" Husband, hee, hee). So get the chickens already hatched out.
Angi, you have some wonderful stuff going on with all the breeds that you have. I am listening and learning. I wish that you lived in Canada, that way I could lean on you for some great eggs to incubate. But, oh well, I know that there are Canadian breeders too, I just have to look deeper. My Sister has a contact that is in Alberta that breeds poulty, I am hoping that they carry some of these breeds that you have that I think I would like to raise.
We have mostly the brown sexlinks and they are lovely hens. We have some Barred Rock and I like them too. I could do away with the Banty's. They are too skitterish for me, and I would prefer not to have them. I really really like that great big huge grey Araucana that we have, she is so friendly and nice, love her to pieces. Have a beautiful and wonderful day, loving our life we live. Cindi