We just started our chicken laying home business in May. That equates to, we bought hen tractor (paid a lot), and all the goodies including six Golden Comets that were laying. It was very hot and on the second day, the first hen started not looking too well. I told my hubby we needed to move the tractor to the back part of the yard (we have an acre) where there is more shade. They did good for several weeks and we got 5-6 eggs every day. We have had 3 black snakes try to visit us, 2 successfully, and 1 decided not to try it. There may have been others, but we didn't see them. About 3 weeks ago, we had another really hot spell and we lost two of the hens. So, now we are down to four, but all of them seem to be very healthy and lively. We now get 3-4 eggs a day, with an every once in a while only one. Maybe that is the day the snake came to visit and eat before we got to the hen house. We are enjoying our girls, and will not name them. I have been contemplating getting more at some time, or raising a second batch of chickens for meat instead of eggs. We are getting more eggs than we need, and I sell the extras at work, thus our chicken laying home business.