It feels like just a few weeks ago we had brought home a box of baby chicks. I initially thought we’d have 5 or 6 laying hens, but there’s this thing called “chicken math” and before you know it you’re trading chickens in a parking lot or bringing home hens in a feed bag.
I’ve had as many as 25 over the summer, but am down to a more manageable 18. I have two more boys to ship out, and I think 16 will be a good number for our flock.
We don’t supplement with light in the winter, which means they’ll lay fewer eggs in the winter, but their laying life will be extended. That means less chicken wheeling and dealing, but less stress about re-homing extra boys.
Now they’re all grown up.