Seeing how chicken feices makes for good manure, I figure building a chicken Coop next to my Vegi garden wouldn't be a bad thing, or am I wrong? Are there any contamination factors that i should be conerned with, assuming all vegetables are thoroughly washed before consumption? I fear e coli might be an issue, or other bacterial pathogens. The hens would be housed in a 4' X 8' coop leading to a 4' X 20' run with several perches along the run. I know next to nothing about chickens, but I'm learning, one thread at a time. In terms of coop size, for 6 hens, will this be suitable for this size flock? Do chickens flock? When I read 4 sq/ft per hen, I assume that's including nesting boxes, but I'm uncertain. What breads would you suggest for a first time chicken enthusiast? I've read that certain breeds yield upwards of 200 eggs per year... Output is a factor, but happy healthy chickens are the priority. Are certain breeds better, to ease the learning curve? I live in LA, if that makes a difference. Speaking of LA, where is the best place to find egg laying ready birds? Thank you all in advance!