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right now my reds are about 2 1/2 yrs old ,   I know there not gonna last for ever so what's

a good age to  rotate your hen stock with new and younger hens. 

3 red comets and 2 barred rocks
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3 red comets and 2 barred rocks
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I like to replace roughly a third of the flock yearly - keeping productive birds and pets longer.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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x2.  Some birds stay forever (oldest died at ten years of age),  some to the freezer, some to other homes, and a few to hawks, and illness.  I replace a few every year, both broody raised here, and outside chicks.  I cull down to about 35 birds for winter, including a couple of extra cockrels, who all have to get along together.  Your hens are definitely going to produce fewer eggs, and some chicks in spring will be a very good idea.  I like variety, and different egg colors, so it's fun to catalog shop too!  Mary

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