My father passed away in January 2012 & left a small piece of land & 9 chickens. I moved my family(husband & 17 year old) to ok to live at the old farmstead. We are working hard cleaning up the property & fixing SO MANY things in & around the house! Meanwhile I have lost a few & aquired several new hens. I never thought I would LOVE Chickens so much!! They are my new children & babies! I almost got into a fight with a distant neighbor when her dog killed 3 of my dad's (original hens) old girls over a week after we got here. I love the old girls (hens) & feel sad everytime one has passed away. (I know they're old, they stopped laying when the summer heat was unbelievable, but they were faithful wonderful critters & have earned the right to live out the rest of their lives in their home. I have learned so much since beginning but have so many more questions! Starting with what kind of birds did I get when I bartered for bales of hay? I know I have a few barred rocks & Leghorns & the old girls were Plymouth's. The new ones (I call them generation x) are probably mutts but curious what people think they could be mixed from. I will see if I can figure out how to post the pics and look forward to hearing from people like me who are crazy about their chickens. Oh yea, I was told to get a rooster to improve egg production. Is that true? I'm not sure, I never had good experiences with roosters when I was young! Thanks in advance for the help & advice! God bless you, your families & your critters!