hello all! i've never raised chickens before but have been planning on it for a while. i've got a decent sized run built and will have a brooding setup soon. i'm really excited about raising some happy/healthy birds and look forward to fresh eggs, natural pest control, and great fertilizer. as someone homesteading on a largely wooded property(NW Indiana), i believe these birds will make a great contribution to the land and be a great fit. any and all advice is welcomed. i still have lots of reading to do but feel confident in providing a good home. my main question is breeds and where to get them? i know there are forums and threads on this but i figured i could take care of my intro and first q's all in one. i'm looking for breeds which lay well, are good foragers, and can stand cold temps well. any favorites? also, i'd prefer not to go through a commercial hatchery. i see there is a forum here for the sale of chickens. are the folks selling reliable? anything specific i should know when chick shopping? thanks.