We were overwhelmed with eggs when all 11 girls were laying. Now suddenly we have plenty of people to buy them- we have wait lists! But now more than half the flock is/was/might be broody. Three of them are done hatching, one will be done soon. As much as I love the little peeps, they don't pay the bills. When will the hens lay again? we are getting 3 eggs/day from 11 mature hens. How long can this continue?! I've never had so many broodies at once before. It was never enough to make a huge dent in egg production so I never paid attention to how long it took them to lay again. We are removing ALL eggs and golf balls as quickly as we can to discourage the undecided from setting. Will they start laying while caring for chicks? I have hatchery chicks due to arrive friday and I could give them to broodies instead of brooding them myself if it would get it out of their system faster. I would be happy to let the chickens care for their own so I don't have to... but either way i need more eggs!