Alright, here it is. I have never had chickens in my life and I want to have some for personal use. I plan to only have a handful of layers- free range in my garden+ yard area. I would rather not have a rooster yet but I am considering it in the future. Now here's where most of the needed advice comes in, I've heard from a few ppl that having a tom would be a good substitute for the rooster for the time being. Is this true and if so, what kind of housing is needed? I'd like a pair of geese as well, will this be an ok mix? What about housing for the geese? Can I somehow combine the housing? Anything I should be aware of that I may not already know? Oh, and how can I prepare the housing for winter/how does the care for the birds change in winter other than the lack of garden? Any pointers are much appreciated.