Although I've had chickens for several years, I didn't do it well. I'm new to this forum, I want to re-start, and have several questions. I just want 4 - 6 birds, but breed(s) that lay consistently for a long time, as my wife currently opposes us eating the flock. I have the housing and feeding worked out, but: 1) What layer breeds do best in Central Texas heat? 2) When is the best time to start a flock in our area?