Hi BYC folks! I've been a lurker for quite a while but I find myself in a predicament I'm hoping i might be able to get some help with. In the near future I'm going to be moving from where I am now in my crappy little city apartment to something a bit more rural (minimum .25 acres). Part of what I'm hoping to do as part of that move is in the coming spring have everything ready for a few chickens (3-4). Before I get them I want to make sure I have everything lined up for both me and them so here are the hurdles I'm mentally grappling with. I live alone (though hoping to change that) and work in town so the chickens would be on their own for a third of the day. I'd rather not have them "cooped" (sorry couldn't help it) up all day until I get home so I was thinking a closed in run? that way I can let them out of to run around in the yard when I get home but they aren't stuck in a box longer than they have to be. I live in northern Alberta Canada where winter can routinely hit -32c degree temperatures for extended periods though with climate change that is less frequent but still well below freezing in winter though. For my american friends the temperature range is -25f in winter and as high as 100f in summer on average. Heat lamps and insulation are obvious but the size of the coop starts to play an important role since the larger it is the more it costs to heat but the smaller it is the less space the birds have for potentially months and that just doesn't sit right with me. So how big should I make the coop that is a good mix between those extremes and how do i deal with ventilation in that kind of environment? If someone knew how I could make a heated run so they weren't completely stuck inside all winter that would be amazing. What breeds to get and from where? There are a couple breeds I like the look of, Brahmas (Dark and buff specifically) and Barred Plymouth. I'm essentially looking for lawn ornaments with benefits and from my research both seem pretty docile but I'd like to have kind of a mix if possible (an Ameraucana in the mix would be lovely) However my google-fu fails me as for where I can order them from. Either they are unsexed (i likely can't legally have a rooster unless I get a property WAY bigger than I can take care of alone) or sold in numbers higher than I am comfortable getting so any advice would be super helpful ( I live near Edmonton if it helps) I'd also like to try to grow some chicken treats and while obviously all birds are different i'd love to hear from the BYC community on what might be some good candidates that the chickens would love that are also healthy(ish) for them. I'm planning on getting some toys I can load with meal worms from my local pet store for some "soccer" Any plans you could point me at would be great (i'm still going through the prodigious number here on BYC) along with any assistance in where I could actually purchase said chickens from would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!