I just purchased a new horse farm this month and my farm already has a chicken coop & a small fenced area right outside of it. I have been scrolling through the Breed list for suitable egg layers (wanting also friendly, non-agressive, easily contained, and not noisy). Delaware Dominique Holland Java Star Sussex Barnevelder Brahma Dorking Easter Eggers Faverolles Russian Orloff I started a buying search, but wasn't planning on buying anytime this month nor possibly June. But looking always leads to buying when it comes to me. Whichs to my questions below... Question 1: What is your experience with each (or one) of the breeds above? Question 2: Is it easier to start with chicks that have already hatched or receive eggs that haven't hatched yet? Question 3: I have seen foxes roaming my property (no hunting is allowed in the community) and I know the fence surrounding the chicken coop is good to keep them out, but I was eventually hoping to allow them to free range once older --- but with foxes, cats, raccoons, etc animals roaming around is that advisible to free range them or should I just later on build a larger containment area? Question 4: Do I need a rooster or can I just have females? Question 5 (HA! I lied): going from question 3, what do you do to keep other animals from killing your flock?