We seem to have bad luck with getting roosters instead of hens. The last time we wanted 1 rooster and 3 hens, we ended up with 2 roosters and 2 hens. That brought our hen total to 11. That seems like it should be enough hens for a family of 4, but it wasn’t. We eat a lot of eggs, I cook with eggs, and I drink eggs (a real Whiskey Sour is made with an egg white). In the summer, 11 laying hens would bring about 7-10 eggs a day, but in winter 11 hens would only bring 4-6. And with *only* 11 layers, you have to hope that nothing bad happens to any of them.
But we live in the real world and bad things happen to good chickens. So we needed more. We decided that 14 layers would be a good number and that would bring our flock total up to 16. Our legal limit is 24, but I think our personal limit would be closer to 20. Although if you ask Baby Doll she thinks that our limit should be one. . . her. Just her.
We have a good variety of breeds here. We have 4 Buff Orphingtons, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Dominiques, and 2 Mixes (they are most likely Black Australorp). All of these chickens are well suited to our climate although the Buffs have a bit of a problem in the real hot heat of the summer. Believe it or not, we can tell them all apart, even with so many of the same breeds. They all look a bit different and they all have very different personalities.