Hi! I am very excited to have found this chicken site. I'm a 1st grade teacher in Dallas TX and we are hopefully going to hatch several laying hens. I'm excited and my students are really excited. I am still in the starting up process. I'm trying to find out which chickens have the best tasting eggs and lay a lot. I definitely want chickens of my own for laying eggs in my backyard. The problem is that I live in a neighborhood. Do you have to have a rooster? I hope someone can help me get started? Merry Christmas!!