Sorry, this will probably be rambling. . . I got my first 4 pullets this spring, and they have about a month to go before they start laying. But I'm already obsessed with the thought of having a constant supply of eggs--maybe 6 a day. Obviously 4 chickens will not give me 6 eggs/day. And if I run out and buy another 6 pullets, they'll all be the same age and will all "dry out" at the same time. No "constant" supply. I don't plan on ever killing/replacing any chickens. They'll have homes for as long as they live. I don't know how many older, non-productive birds I'll have to plan on, and just how long they live beyond their egg-laying years. Do they completely stop laying at a certain age? Or just slow down a lot? Theoretically, how would I go about getting to my 6 eggs/day target (and staying there one I've achieved it)? I could comfortably keep 12 hens in my current coop, and I have room for a second coop, if necessary. I'm thinking it might be easier to have two separate, small flocks--rather than a single large one. But should I start the second flock right away? Or wait until the first coop is full????? My husband won't admit it, but I think he'd actually look forward to building a second coop and getting more birds.