Originally Posted by Mrs. K
AArt - what is the size of your flock?
I hatch with a broody, so at their whim, and just ended a dry spell of no eggs since Thanksgiving. One has to hatch early enough that pullets are laying before the dark days of winter, or they won't start! Got eggs yesterday!But was wondering what your flock numbers are? There is a fine line, between not enough eggs and way too big of feed bill for the eggs and meat!
Right now I have 1 cock, 6 hens, and 8 pullets...don't think I have space for much more than that in winter.
Pullets laid all winter with light, most hens molted and a few are back at it.
Egg sales have more than covered all feed and most bedding costs, I keep close track, and as many eggs as I can eat.
I did let a broody hatch last Jan/Feb (got 3 pullets), but then did an incubation March, I do not rely on a broody to repopulate. Will add 7 pullets this next year, older 6 hens will go by fall.