Simple stuff really when you think about it, but important...
Edited by triplepurpose - 12/15/15 at 12:24pm
If you are not raising your own, you could do different breeds and different egg colors. So year one, do brown eggs breeds, year two do white egg breed, and year three do green egg breeds. Then you will be able to keep count just eggactly who is laying and who is not!
Alas, long range planning always gets thrown to the wind for me, as in last year, I was definitely going with some Buckeye's but then got a chance to get a beautiful Beilfelder rooster!
The important lesson is to have a multigenerational flock, and to remember, even with the best of plans, sometimes the wrong chicken dies!
The only thing I could see wrong with the article is that the method isn't very self sustaining and relies upon outside resources to replenish the flock. Just replacing the flock with new chicks sporadically isn't what I'd call managing a small laying flock, that's buying a small laying flock on a regular basis. Managing one would indicate that one was actually producing or making something work within a small flock, such as one would do by breeding their hens, having them brood and hatch their own replacements and doing this every year to have a rolling, producing flock.
That takes management. The other method is just killing spent hens and getting replacements in a timely fashion. We did that all the while I was growing up and it doesn't take much managing, just collecting eggs, killing hens, buying chicks and doing it all over again.
I see your point, Beekiss, but I would put forth that in a small flock, like the one I have, it is difficult to produce a really great birds with limited genetic of a small flock. I often bring in either chicks to add to the ones I have hatched, or a new rooster. The thing is to actually get four new hens, you might need to hatch at least 12 chicks, as this year, I got only 3 pullets out of 11 chicks.
So yes I strive for you idea of management, but I often fall short.