Like chicken planning!
A couple of our hens are reaching the 1.5 year mark, meaning that now's our opportunity to sell and replace. It's difficult to sell a hen once they stop laying, but many will take a hen at 1.5 years old.
I thought about doing this at the end of fall when the hens stop laying, but between Fluffbottom being a cute new mom to her chick and KFC continuing to lay(!!!) through late fall and winter (one egg a day!), I'm still at a flock of three.
But, next month, if all goes well, I'll get two baby olive-eggers (they lay eggs that have dark green shells!-- combo between Aracauna and a Cuckoo Maran) and another copper maran. Then, a month later, my favorite, local, small-farm store will have salmon faverolle and (possibly) lavender orpingtons.
SO, come May, our coop could look like this:
- Cuckoo Maran (that's what Fluffbottom's baby is. She'll be laying this spring)
- Two Olive Eggers (and their eggs will look green like this!!)
- Salmon Faverolle (just like Fluffbottom, whom I'll miss...)
- Copper Maran (that's what KFC is, and will lay super-dark brown-shelled eggs)
- Lavender Orpington (beautiful birds, but hard to hatch, so they may not get to the farm store)
So that's the plan. We'll see how things change.