Hi all! So I made it through my first season with my girls and we're into the second round of egg laying (1 molt). Here's the information and what I've noticed, so hopefully you guys will be able to help me figure out what to do. I have four girls (2 EE's, 1 BR, 1 Dom). Their first year they basically laid one egg a day for each of them, so 8 every 2 days. This year it seems we're getting 5 every 2 days, roughly a 40% drop (over a 2 day period). This is actually okay, because we're still getting a surplus for our family. This amount seems to be just right for us. My question is this. If this production is about what we want, should we bank on the third season (2 molts) dropping about the same amount (i.e. another 40% over 2 days) and thus get 2 new girls this summer who should be ready to lay about the time molt (and spring) hits? Or should we wait an see and get the new girls later (after 3 molts) and chance production being enough? I'm sorry if this sounds like a really bad math problem for the 8th grade, LOL. Our concerns are basically making sure we have enough space (we have a small courtyard where the girls have about 100sf to roam and scratch in, along with a 15sf coop - they are rarely locked in their coop so they have free range majority of the time), and ensuring that we have egg production at roughly what it is currently (so we can stockpile a little to get us through the next molt). I suppose what I'm looking for are opinions on how I should handle this one way or another. Ideally I'd like to get it to where we're adding 2 new girls every 2 years, but by the same token, given the time it takes to grow them from babies and start them off right, it seems I need to add 2 new every year in order to have the new ones laying every year and a half... Alright, I'm going to stop now because I think I'm just getting more convoluted. So... can anyone drop some wisdom on me? What are your thoughts/opinions? Thanks for any and all help!