I inherited chickens--geese--turkeys? A friend was getting divorced and I got all the birds--I have a small horse & cattle ranch in Alvin TX! Started off with 18 hens & 1 rooster--1 turkey--4 geese! The geese are scaring everyone @ my house--I love them--they are staying--my family hates them! The turkey--I thought was lonely--so I bought him a girlfriend a younger female--he hates her--wants nothing to do with her--he has taken up with a chicken and they are boyfriend & girlfriend! The chickens were doing great--18 hens & 1 rooster--then one day--4 come up missing--next day 4 come up missing--next day 2 more--so we closed in one of the stalls of my horse barn and they are now safe! Bought 6 more hens (Sex-links). I now have 6 Sex-Links, 3 Black Australorps, 1 Dominique, 4 Leghorns, 2 roosters (not sure what they are-1 is beautiful multi red colors & the other is mostly white, with black & brown streaks. When we moved them into the horse stall they pretty much quit laying eggs--the 6 new ones are not laying age yet? I was told? I have been talking to people to make sure I'm doing the right thing in caring for them--they all seem healthy--they have a maze of perches and plenty of nesting boxes--they get in them all the time--but never lay in them. I feed them daily & change the water daily--I play with them--they let me hold them--except one of the roosters!!! Chicken coop expansion is no in process--closing in the horse run--sides & top so they have dirt & grass to play in. Why did they quit laying? Will they start again? Went from 14-15 eggs per day--to 1 maybe 2 eggs per day?? Can anyone recommend a good book of information? I just am doing the best I can & hope to do better with additional information!!! I also want to get more chickens--which are the best layers? Other than ordering from a catalog, where else can I get chickens? The last 6 I got came from a feed store and I would like other options, other breeds? HELP?