I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this but its kind of a general chicken topic. I live in Northern BC Canada on a large acerage. The biggest problem here for raising chickens here is the extreme cold in the winter. I want to get some chickens this year but I have no idea where to begin. Sorry if this is the wrong forum or these questions have been covered before. It was suggested to me to raise the chickens then kill them in winter and start over each year. This doesn't seem logical too me, not very efficient. I would like to raise some chickens for eggs, some for meat and some for breeding. My questions are: Is it possible to raise chickens this way. How many chickens do I need to provide about 24-36 eggs a week plus some for breeding. and still keep it cost effective. I want a simple cost effective chicken coop thingy that is warm and secure from predators, what is considered the 'basic' coop design. What are the chicken food housing and care basics. What sort of bottom line cost per month am I looking at to raise chickens. What is considered the best general purpose chicken diet. If I want to grow and produce all the food and health requirements for my chickens right here on the farm... can this be done and what do I need. Basically I want this chicken project to be natural cost effective and self sustaining. I am looking at white or brown legghorns for eggs and giant cornish for meat. I am sure I will have many other questions, but I don't want to be overwhelming with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!