I am new to the idea of raising my own chickens, but cannot wait to get started. I am 59, single, retired and live alone. I have numerous questions before starting my flock. 1. How many chickens should a single woman who loves to cook and bake start with? 2. How big of a coop should I get? 3. What do I do when I leave town for a few days? 4. How do I know what color eggs different breeds lay? 5. What breeds are best egg layers? 6. I am in Poulsbo, Washington. When would be the best time to get started? 7. Should I start with grown chickens or babies? Thanks so very much! The old Hen!