Originally Posted by katbriar
@Beekissed, I can't find a post my sometimes faulty brain attributes to you. I thought you decided which birds to cull in the fall either by how late in the prior spring they started to lay, or maybe when they stopped laying in the previous fall. It was some way you anticipated the length of their next laying season.
I don't have any system wherein I can predict the length of their next laying season, so it's likely it wasn't me. I cull in the spring at peak laying time for any who are not laying or not an honorary coop broody, and I also cull in the fall sometimes for those that didn't lay well in their first laying season, went broody too often, or were extremely late in coming to POL. But none of that will tell me how long they will lay in the following year.
All of that is to help me only carry my best layers through the winter and so I won't be feeding slackers all winter long....this also makes room for any new chicks produced that same year. I'm pretty careful not to overstock my coop or land. And that, my dear chicken people, is called subtraction....I know it's a foreign concept to many folks here on BYC, but it's also a type of math that really needs practiced here.