Alica asked last night how many birds we have. We have 14 roosters on the old henhouse side, of them, 7 are last year's hatch, and 2 are two years old. 1 is four, and the others are five. TOO MANY.
On that side are 7 girls from last year's hatch... and four older hens who lay once in a while, meaning I may get two eggs a week from them. The others, about six small birds and about four standards, are no longer laying.
On the new henspa side are four roosters, only ONE of whom I intended to be there.
There are 28 hens, large and small, meaning standard and bantam. Of these, most are laying, but some only lay twice a week, as they are older. All in all, I am getting from 16 to 24 eggs a day from both henhouses in the middle of winter.
This week we have used about 7 eggs for our own use, and I broke a few.
Today I found several eggs soaked with yolk, so I think one broke in the nest. I have extra calcium grit in the henspa, as they have their yard, but no pasture to roam in for grit. I have been taking anywhere from 7 to 9 dozen eggs a week to our food pantry, and they need every one!
And actually... we are probably going to have to get a small college-sized refrigerator, and use it for egg storage, as I am taking up so much space in the kitchen fridge!
I hope to replace the non-layers with between 8-10 new pullets in the spring.