Help me out here. Come next spring I want to be ready for some birds for our home. I am wondering if I should re-think my "flock". I had planned on 15 layer and 10 meat but now I wonder if that is too many layers. A little background, we have 4 children so food can go quick, but I don't really need a dozen eggs a day either. I did note an artice about freezing the eggs in custard cups (2 eggs per cup) and keeping them in a zip loc bag for winter cooking. I could do that to offset the "down time" in the winter. Right now I am leaning towards RIR & Barred Rocks (and maybe a silky for the boys) Might be some Buffs too, but not locked in stone yet. A smaller flock means I can build the coop smaller, less feed, maybe less waste. I don't want to really be feeding the neighbors do to poor planning, ya know? So what do you think, what is a good flock size based on this? If I dropped back to 10 meat and just 6 layers I can down size my coop from 8x12 to 8x8 which would save quite a bit. I know it's not perfect math, but that might still push 3 dozen eggs a week (peak), right? I will be awaiting your thoughts on this, I would rather do this right the first time.