Here's my non-bearded white silkie bantams. They lay all year since I put the infrared heat lamp in for them. We built the coop ourselves but they free range all day. We pen them up at night to keep them away from predators.
Notice the laying box on the outside left? That so we can just lift the lid and grab the eggs without having to walk into the coop. Our chickens have been raised by me since they were 3 days old in my living room. Only two shown here but their names are: Sweet Pea, Shasta and Cry Baby. Cry Baby earned her name since she was the little peep that wanted to be held 24/7. She's still likes to be held!