April saw my hens and ducks break the record for egg production. We had 396 hen and 105 duck eggs. March was the previous record holder with 328 and 89 respectively. So, quite an increase without any additional birds (though two of our ducks only started laying part way through March.) The improved weather in April (though we started with nearly two weeks of freezing temperatures) seems to have helped improve productivity.
The increased number of eggs has proved to be useful. We are barely keeping up with demand for them from friends who buy them. Shortly, our flock will be expanded by the addition of our chicks (three of which are going to a friend as a swap for fence building material.) In about 16 weeks the hens amongst the chicks will be ready to start laying. Hopefully we will be able to keep up with demand in the meantime.