We're new to the Twin Cities and bought land in the northern suburbs. Slightly intimidated by the stacks of books I checked out of the local library, mostly because they seem to focus on scabs, mites, predators and flocks' gruesome cannibalistic tendencies...I need help, or maybe just a few words of encouragement! We're animal lovers. We love the idea of being self-sufficient and knowing where our food comes from. But we're also a little freaked out at the moment. Do you have any suggestions on best entry-level breeds (for both egg and meat production), as well as tips and tricks for cold-weather-friendly shelters? We have 10 acres on water. Pretty rural area.