I'm just starting out with my chickens. My dad and I built the coop out of scraps and left overs from other building projects so we don't have a lot invested in it. Plus it was better than throwing out the scraps!
As far as breeds, they will be mixed as I have a mixed flock. 1 Rhode Island red rooster, 6 Buff and 5 Black Orpington, 1 silver Ameraucana (see lays green eggs), 2 Dominique, 3 mixed or unknown. 5 of my birds were given to me by a friend who was having preditor troubles, so I was greatful for the gift. The rooster was a gift too because he just showed up one day and they didn't know how old he was or who he belonged to. The only birds I bought were the 6 buff and 4 black Orpington mature, laying hens. One Black Orpington was one of the hen's offspring. Not sure if she is pure Orpington, but she was a gift.
I get hatch dates of 3/11, 3/14-3/15, 3/20-3/21, and longer because of the quail eggs I got. Here a link to my thread if you like to read some things there. I got a bunch of people popping in. It's my first hatch too. I wish you luck too.