I am considering getting 2-4 laying hens. I live in MD and need a hardy, relatively easy maintainance chicken. Would prefer a breed that is known for being friendly. I love all animals and enjoy learning about them. We have horses, a goat, dogs and cats on our farm. Will chickens be a problem with the horses? I heard when I was little that they will give the horses samonella(sp?) If so we will keep the chickens well away from the horses, but would like if they can be close to help with bug control near the barn. We have 20 acres so plenty of room. Any information on chickens in general is appreciated. My parents had chickens when I was younger and can help me a bit. I want to learn everything I can before jumping into chicken ownership. We will probably build a new smaller coop, as the old coop is huge and in major disrepair. Lots of design ideas on this site! How many eggs would I expect to get from 2-4 mature hens in say a week?