So I'm thinking of getting into the backyard chicken thing. I have gone online to look for easy coops to build myself. I have a few questions re: I see a house structure for the birds. Then I see a smaller cubicle type box inside the house. Is that where the eggs are laid or the chickens sleep? Is the cubicle necessary? Will birds lay eggs just inside the big house??? I also see run areas for the birds. How many chickens are necessary to supply a family of five. Wife has been buying a couple doezen eggs at the store per week. Are there certain breeds better than others??? Does the location of where we live make a difference for bird selection? Why are some eggs brown? What breed produces those? Are some breeds hardier than others??? What time of the year is best for starting? Should we start with chicks or look for older birds? How old must chickens be to start laying? What is a fair price to pay for chicks or older birds? At what age do birds stop laying eggs? Any helpful ideas and or pix of your coops will sure help out. Thanks.