Hi everybody! I'm a soon-to-be chicken owner. I have a family of 8 (including myself). There are 3 other close family members of mine that I wouldn't mind giving a few eggs to, not to mention the neighbors. We were thinking about getting 4-5 chickens (in case one dies). Is it common for chicks to die while being shipped? I wanted to get several breeds. I live in MI so winters are cold and we live near the lakes and wetlands. I have done some research to make sure the chickens I get can stand the winter. I was considering: Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, Dominique's, Australorps, and Orpingtons. Are these breeds compatible? I purchased a shed for $100 that we are going to turn into the coop. It is 5x8, is that enough room? We also live near the woods. A good chunk of our 6.5 acres is taken up by them. We have seen coyotes, foxes, and birds of prey in our yard. What are some of the necessary precautions to be taken so our chickens stay safe? Lastly what are some good and reliable hatcheries (that have the breeds I would like) that you could recommend? I've checked out mypetchicken.com and they seen pretty good. If you have any advice for me I would really appreciate it!