hi everybody! i'm new here. i live in west michigan with my wife and three boys, four dogs and three cats. with the way the economy is here and the cost of liing going up, we've been looking at doing things to save money. we have a garden this year for the first time and with the way the boys love eggs, we've been thinking about getting some chickens that can lay some eggs for us and maybe eat one of them once in awhile. i've heard that you have to have a rooster in order for the hens to lay eggs, but i've also heard that you don't. i really don't want to listen to all that crowing. so, anyways, if someone could tell me if i need a rooster or not for the hens to lay would be great. and if someone could recommend a certain breed of chicken for laying eggs would be great too!