Yep, been a tough summer and I hope the fall/winter doesn't bring any more deaths to my little flock. I'm down to 10 hens (3 young pullets) and 2 roosters now. I'd really like to keep the 12 I still have and add to the flock next spring to help with egg and chick production.
Some of the older gals have stopped laying and I need to replace them with younger hens. Not going to eat the non-laying hens as I promised their previous owner I'd keep them until they die, but any I add to the flock now are mine to do with as I see fit.
I actually have 5 young roos coming to me in the next month or two who are destined to go in the freezer. Their owner can't keep them and doesn't want to kill them herself, but says she doesn't mind if someone else has them processed for food. Since there's no emotional attachment to them and they're roos, they'll be easy to dispatch.