I was hoping to avoid a situation in which I would be buying hens this summer. My hope was that our existing birds would get us through until the early autumn by which time the chicks we have hatched would be ready to start laying before the winter sets in (ie when egg production goes down significantly). Alas, it was not to be. Our flock simply has too many older birds whose productivity has declined in the past few weeks. So, after some thought, I decided it was better to buy 6 new birds. This morning I went to Durham Hens to get them: 2 white leghorns, one blue haze, 2 ambers and one speckledy.
I'll post up some photos once I have taken them.