Long story short: I have a flock of 16 layers that will be 2 years old this coming March. Their first year laying, they did awesome. Spring of '12 they did well, but as it turned to summer, we had overcrowding and boredom issues which led to a host of other problems, including only getting about 6 eggs a day. This fall we were only getting about 3 a day. Then we moved, and brought them with us (of course). I no longer have electricity to the coop, which means no heated water, and no lights. I'm now only getting 1 egg about every 3 days. I understand that it's due to all the changes and stress. However, we've opted to downsize to only 7 hens and 1 rooster. Also, someone is willing to give me 4 young pullets, as they are getting out of chickens altogether. Questions: Should I take all 4 young pullets in order to start fresh? How do I choose which hens to keep? I've read various things online about how to tell which hens are laying, but what about when NONE (okay probably one) are laying and they probably won't until spring? Should I hold onto the fatter ones? The ones with the best feathering? Or does it mean if they are fat and feathered that haven't been laying for a while, hence the better condition?