Hoping to get some help from the collective wisdom of this group. I've mismanaged the growth of my flock and am not sure what to do next. I currently have 5 full grown hens and 7 chicks. My coop is big enough for 8. One of my hens is a broody Easter Egger who hatched four of the babies about 7 weeks ago. They haven't stopped sleeping in the nesting box yet, even though they are almost as big as she is, and, judging by the amount and location of the poop in the nesting boxes, they are sleeping in different nesting boxes now. I bought the other three chicks a week ago. They're about 5 weeks old now. They're all integrated fairly well. There's an established pecking order that they all seem fairly comfortable with. That said, there are too many chickens out there. They free range all day in a bigger enclosed run, but still, they all have to sleep in the coop. So I think that one of the reasons that the babies are still sleeping in the nesting box is that it's too crowded on the perches in the coop. (There's still a lot of room left, but the older ladies push the others off so there's only two sleeping on a perch big enough for 4 or 5.) This year I am planning to cull 2 or 3 of the older ladies (not the broody), and the two chicks who turned out to be cockerels. The question is, when? Right now, I'm getting average 2 eggs a day from all the older ladies combined. If I cull now, then I'll be getting only 1 egg a day until January, and I won't get much meat from the cockerels. If I wait, then the flock stress will just increase as the chicks grow, and the babies will get overly used to sleeping in the nesting box. As it is now, I'm having to wash the poop off all the eggs I get. I think one of my problems is that this is the first time I'm culling the chicks myself and I'm overly emotional about it, so I'm not seeing this clearly. When would you cull, if it were you? What other advice do you have?