I currently have 7 chickens: an Australorp and a BO roo, and the hens are Marans, EE, New Hampshire, and Barred Rock. All the birds are about 8 months old and I'm getting about 2 1/2 dozen eggs per week. That's really the maximum number of eggs the humans in my family can use. I want to begin a breeding program to produce solid mutts that thrive in our particular microclimate. And, I'm going to get one or more of the heritage birds for meat production this spring, Dark Cornish, Sussex, or Dorkling. I want to keep enough chickens for a healthy breeding program, to generate layers and meat, but at the same time, I don't want to be overrun with eggs ... and I don't want to be selling extra eggs either, since I don't want to get into the liability, including insurance. If I feed extra eggs to the dog and back to the chickens, am I being very inefficient with my resources? I'd love to hear from people who have managed to keep small flocks ... small. How do you balance having enough chickens to reach your goals, without having more on your hands than you can handle? What's the trick ... being unsentimental about culling? What do you do with extra eggs (besides selling)?