Today I ordered our chickens! They will be flown out on June 1st, which gives us lots of time for the snow to melt, and to build a coop and enclosure.
I ordered 25 Black Sex Link pullets from Berg's Hatchery in Manitoba. I did some research and discovered that the Black Sex Link (also called Black Star) is a combination of a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. They are called Sex Link because the chicks can be sexed by colour whether they are male or female.
Black Sex Link hen and rooster
Black Sex Link hen
I also ordered (so far unbeknownst to husband) 15 Ameraucana unsexed chicks. I really want to try these as they lay green, blue, pink, white, and brown eggs. Hopefully I won't have too many males in the batch.
Ameraucana hen and rooster