Hello! I am going to be embarking on a chicken adventure. I would like to go into it well informed. I am located in Minnesota, and it can get very cold here in the winter. We are in the process of building a coop and run and should be done within the next week or so! I'd like to get some chickens, and I'd like to get some layers, and maybe a roo. I have 4 young children who I would like to also learn to help care for the birds as well as teach about where our food comes from, and thought raising layers would be a great way to do that as well.
We live in the country and have a 15 acre hobby farm. I am excited to get chickens but am a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. I would like good layers, but they will also be pets, and would like something visually interesting. Egg color doesn't really matter but colors would be very neat for the kids.
I figured I'd go to those who were knowlegeable and could steer me on the right path. Any and all help would be wonderful!