Now is the time to concentrate on the maintenance of the empty houses and pens, ready for next year.
All the broody arks and houses get checked over for any repairs they may need and the wood treated with a preservative The fences of the empty pens checked, this year we have several fences posts to replace. The grass is cut, dustbathing holes filled and bare patches reseeded. They are then left to rest over winter. Hedges are cut back.
The breeding groups are broken up, the cockerels are put together in a separate paddock and the hens run together.
This season's growers, both the replacement stock and the birds for sale are in their own separate runs.
The selling and posting of hatching eggs is over for a few months, the majority of birds have sold, although we do have a Christmas rush of sales for the remaining hens .and vouchers as presents..
Then before you know it, it's time to start putting the breeding groups back together for the start of another year of hatching.