We recently moved and finally have a place in the country! We will be getting chickens this year and I'm basically wondering how to start. We are in a very cold area (Northwoods of WI) and have had several below zero periods with more coming this week. I'm assuming that I should wait till it warms up quite a bit before getting chicks. Do I wait until it is decent outside (May)? Or start them sooneer (in dh's workshop ) in prep for warmer weather? Also, in perusing the catalog and noting that the minimum order is 25, can I mix and match breeds? Minimum numbers of each? I'm going to be ordering pullets for eggs--should I make sure that some are roos for social health or does it matter? Eventually I would like to be able to have a self-sustaining flock--do I wait till I have a better feel for what I'm in for or plan for that from the get-go? I know there a lot of questions, but I don't know anybody that has chickens and I hope that you all can help me find some answers! Thanks!!