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.
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