We have 22 two y/o layers who have also produced 3 roos & 2 pullets this past spring. Therefore, we're feeding over 2 doz but b/c of some molting and days getting shorter we're only getting 3-5 eggs per day. How many (or all?) do I send to the stew pot to keep my feed bill reasonable and yet have a few layers to start off with next spring? Farmers around us say all should go to freezer camp and to start with whole new batch of chicks in Feb. But that means I'll have NO eggs next spring and only a few next summer. So how do I manage a flock for : a) egg production (they free range mostly and I'm against using lamp to simulate sunshine) b) not break my little bank feeding everyone over the winter months. All advice kindly appreciated.