Hey everyone! This site has been so informative and I am so grateful to have found it! I look forward to learning even more as my Chicken Adventure continues JI have some questions that I am hoping to get answered-I appreciate anyone’s response! For starters, here is a bit of background. My husband and I have been toying around with the idea of getting chickens for quite some time. We just closed on our new house in Madison, WI and thought now is as good of time as any! Madison allows us to keep 4 chickens in our backyard. We have about ½ acre fenced in backyard and are planning to build a coop with attached run this spring. Now comes to my questions 1. Breeds-I am looking for chickens that are nice/good personalities and good egg layers but also good in the cold weather. I am in love with so many breeds that I am having a hard time narrowing this down to which I should get. Can I have 4 different breeds? If so, I have narrowed this down to wanting for sure Barred Rock, Rhode Island red, Buff orphington. Is it ok to have one of each? I also love the silkies, and would adore having one as my 4thbird. Would this combo be ok? Would the silkie get picked on being so different and smaller? Any other suggestions? 2. We cannot build our coop until it obviously warms up. Is it jumping the gun too much to want to get the chicks now since I will be raising from indoors in the brooder? Or should I just be patient and wait? 3. Keep in mind I will have a coop with attached covered run, do I need to close the door to the run each night of is ok to leave it open so they can come and go? The Coop will be perfectly secure. What is the purpose of closing them in at night? 4. Any suggestions as to where to purchase my chicks in southern WI? I think this will cover my questions for now. I appreciate everything! I look forward to hearing from all of you and gaining from your expertise!!!!!