I have a backyard flock of 11 hens right now and I'll be adding another 5-6 this spring. Right now I get more than enough eggs. What I'm curious about is whether hens actually stop laying completely after a couple years... I know people have said that production dramatically tapers off, but that is kind of why I have so many. My thoughts were that if I have 15-16 birds, when they slow down production, I'll still be getting plenty of eggs for my needs. But if they stop laying COMPLETELY, then I'll need to prepare to make some tough choices.