At a town meeting a month ago I was told that our small cottage was zoned agricultural and the we cold even have a cow if we wanted. Well, I'm not even going to go there but a dream of mine has been to have 3 or 4 chickens as pets and for their eggs. Last weekend I attended a local agricultural fair and met a may who raises Americanas (Easter eggers) and I fell in love with them. I also fell for the Plymouth Rock Barred I saw. My question is, can I mix the two types? Get two of one kind and two of another. Apart from wanting their eggs I really want them as pets. I want to be able to handle them and had feed them the worms that I raise as composting worms. We're going to be getting our birds in a couple of weeks and would it be alright to bring them home in a portable doggy kennel? My other questions are around what type of feeding and watering container I should buy. We are on the north shore of Lake Erie and while we don't get a lot of snow, we can have occasional cold snaps. Is there somewhere I can go to learn more about the winter care and storage of the birds? Thanks so much.