As of today I have lost 6 of the young birds I recently put into the Juvenile pen, all in that one corner. I put a bunch of stuff into that corner today, an upside down bucket and a bunch of split wood, in the hopes of breaking it up to avoid the mass of chicks trampling one (or more).
I just got off the phone with a local famer's market/auction barn, who've told me they sell chickens every Saturday throughout the year, yeah! I will have somewhere to take my maturing cockerels through the winter when there's no processing facility available. I probably won't get much for them, but at least I will be able to stop feeding them as they reach appropriate ages. That's a huge relief.
I have ordered my Ova Easy 100, and will shortly put my Octo 40 up for sale on Kijiji. So, the trick will be to see if I can come up with 100 eggs by 1/6/16 to fill it. These will be Generation 2 hatchlings, so I have decided that the first hatch need not be selected by egg color...just quantity. This will give me Gen 3 layers laying by ~7/1/16 (by which time I will have sold all my Gen 2 layers). Since there will be so many more of them than in the past in a relatively similar timeframe, I hope I will then be able to choose by color from those Gen 3 eggs and still have the quantity I need to set.
So my first Gen 4 eggs should arrive around the first week of January 2017. Pls lolz with me as this is all based on a spreadsheet, not reality, but I am incorporating my past losses into the sheet. Hopefully, as generations progress, losses should decrease.
By March 2016, when I start to cull the Gen 1 laying flock, I will reach 60 layers (I was never higher than 23 with Gen 0), so more eggs to sell. Gen 2 layers get to 100 (my legal maximum) by September 2016. After that I keep 100 layers...so even more eggs to sell. Throughout this process whatever excess birds I can't presell as meat will go at auction (hopefully)...so no need to invest in fridges/freezers to store tons of process birds in.
If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to send you my Excel spreadsheet I use for scheduling...