When choosing to raise ‘backyard’ chickens, from choosing breeds to building coops, keeping the birds healthy, and protecting them from predators, there are many considerations.

Whether the chickens are purposed as egg layers or for meat (or both), for those of you who are currently raising chickens or have raised chickens, lets hear about your experiences and/or do’s and don’ts on subjects including the following…

Breed selection
Sources (if not locally obtained)
Shelter and coop
Cold weather issues – how to keep them alive
Hot weather issues
Feeding the flock
Collecting and storing eggs
Expected # prime years for egg laying
Egg size
Health problems and prevention
Rooster or no rooster

Additionally, there are lots of books on the subject of raising chickens.
Any particular recommendation?