Wanted to brainstorm with you folks about the viability of running back a farm gate egg sales business with returns plentiful enough to make the business self-sufficient and have enough left on the side for an extra bag of feed or two every couple of weeks - essentially raising one flock to generate enough income to support another as well. Every year in early spring our local factory egg farms sell off their 18-month old hens right out of the battery cages to locals. My guess is that the big processing companies that turn these hens into cat food are not paying nearly as much.... So the question is, given that these hens are likely due for a molt, would it still be reasonable to expect 10-12 dozen eggs from these commercial grade brown layers from 18 to 24 months of age? At 24 months I would give them away or process for stew.