Greetings! Looking forward to starting a small flock this year and my first garden. Young family here and we decided to stop waiting for buying land to gain skills in self reliance where we're at... at least I can grow some food and have a few chickens. I have two young boys who will be highly a part of the care of our flock. I've been reading so much on the topic. Should I build or buy our coop/run? Is a compost really that important to have? What breeds will be pet like and visually stunning... I just don't want the typical white or ruddy colored and definitely not an aloof personality. Any tips on where to shop for getting started in the Springs? I went to Big R and wasn't impressed. For a first timer how do I get a garden going and box or just on the ground? Thanks for any input. After a week of reading these are the topics I'm ready to make decisions on. Happy New Year!