I do not do this. I only have a few chickens so I couldn't manage doing this, but I think I may have came up with a good 12 month plan for chickens. I have not googled this or tried to find it nor have I ever heard of this. My apologies if any one has already come up with this. Well here we go. The other day I heard of someone thinning out their flock for the winter so less mouths to feed when their flock isn't making any income, because they stop laying in winter. So I literally just came up with this with a pencil and sheet of note book paper. Instead of starting the new year with January, why not October? Oct. - Start with one month old chicks Nov. - They are now 2 months old Dec. - Now 3 months old Jan. -4 months old February - They are now 5 months old March -They are now 6 months old and it is spring - Sell eggs, chicks, and fertile eggs -Keep a few dozen chicks to raise April - Sell eating and fertile eggs, and chicks May - Sell eating and fertile eggs, and chicks June - Sell eating and fertile eggs, and chicks July - Sell eating and fertile eggs, and chicks - Sell some of the Pullets and Cockerels that were born in March that are were kept to raise they are now 4 months old August - Sell eating and fertile eggs, and chicks Sept - Hatch eggs and keep some chicks to have throughout the winter. - Sell the Adults that were born in September the year before - Sell the young birds that were born I March, which would be 6 months old, and should be laying Now, the reason for doing this is so that all winter all you have to feed is the chicks that you are wanting to start laying in the spring. Which is cheaper than paying for adults who won't be laying anyways and eat more feed than chicks. I do not know if this will be more productive or will even work but I'm sure this is what the hatcheries do as they do not sell at all in the late fall and winter months. Any input or addition? Criticizing with explanation would be greatly appreciated, thanks for any input and thanks for reading!!!