Over the years I've been very good at culling old layers every fall and keeping a small productive flock. But now it's finally happened. This fall I have a beautiful mixed flock of 18 birds and am having a hard time getting my numbers down because of all sorts of reasons.. this chicken is friendly... that one is pretty.. this one is the daughter of a favorite rooster that died. Blah, blah, blah... I've gone soft. We can house them all but I panick when I think of all the eggs come spring. Realistically we need, oh, 8 hens or so. I've become that crazy chicken lady.