We've started checking our oldest girls individually to see who's laying and how often. The first one we tried is laying at least some of the really weird eggs we get and always keep for ourselves. She is on the stewing hen list for fall. Baldie is our last Jersey Giant and she wouldn't even be alive if we didn't keep her in the garage the entire winter the year before last. She's an "omega" bird who gets picked on even though she is bigger than everyone but the Jubilees in the big common coop/yard. I won't mind putting some in the freezer this year since I'll have 7 Bielefelders laying by about January, plus a few Orp pullets, too. We only have a list of 3 birds so far who get to live their entire natural lives with us because we just love 'em: Lillian (Australorp named after my late MIL), Sweetie (a very small BO who is more like a puppy than a chicken), and Sam (Ameracauna who is probably the smartest and most curious bird we own). Sam could fly out of the fenced area any time she felt like it, but she never has. We know she can fly that high because she has flown from the ground to DH's shoulder, which is roughly fence height. I have to modify a chicken saddle for her because right now she is living in the family group with LaRue, my lavender Orp roo, and he's wearing her back feathers off pretty badly. I can't even see her when he's on top of her!
But I swear I'm going to lose my mind if it doesn't stop raining. We put our garden in really late this year and can't tell if anything has suffered yet. They are all growing! Our resident bunnies were chomping the leaves of the hot peppers, so DH had to put some chicken wire around the plant cages. They've left the 'maters and squash alone. We also have some volunteers veggies that we're anxiously awaiting identification for.
I don't know why, but DH put in a row of sunflowers. I think they are going to get too much shade when they're grown, but right now they are the tallest plants in the garden.
The best thing is the neighbors did not have thier apple trees sprayed this year to sterilize them, so come fall, the chickens will have a gazillion apples to eat and it won't cost us a thing (we have carte blanche to use them, since they don't spray them for bugs, either).
We also added a few landscaping trees/shrubs. We added three Korean dogwoods with variegated leaves which are gorgeous, and some shrubs with yellow/green leaves, but the shrubs don't look happy. I think they have had their fill of the rain, too. The dogwoods are digging it. We also bought some variegated hostas that are lovely. (See a trend here? I love plants with variegated leaves!)
Here's hoping the excess rain stops soon, but that it's not followed by a hot drought!
That is a lucky break re: the apples. We have a walnut tree that drops nuts all over our coop. I think apples would be less work for the girls!