My PR, Jersey Giant and EE took a long, extended winter break. So long that I thought their days as layers were close to an ende, so I began preparing for baby chicks. Now they are back to laying with some regularity, seven to nine eggs a week. I haven't bought any chicks. But I live in a suburban lot, so I really don't have the space to separate the babies and have two flocks until the chicks are old enough to be pullets and integrate with my older hens. From your folks' personal experience with hens, do you think the older ladies have enough laying left in them that they will lay for the rest of the year? Of this flock, I have already had one hen die of natural causes (a PR at 2.5 years). Will my chances of mortality rapidly increase after three years? Though I like my hens, I want to make rational decision with my head. Please help.