I have one rooster that is 3 years old and a few others that are going on three years. I have no plans on killing any of them any time soon. 2 of them were my main breeders in 2013 and 2014. This year I will be using them again, but not quite as heavily. Last Spring I had a 15+ year old hen finally die on me.
Most of our roos end up as pets if they get past about 4 months old without getting "free ranged". We really don't eat many of them at all, they just accumulate around the farm until I gather a bunch up to give away. My nieces won't eat any chicken they think came from their farm, so a complicated ruse must me planned. It's easier to buy the stuff in the store. At least they eat the eggs . . .
Added: if any of you ever want a roo, I have all ages and several breeds for free. I'd love to see them go to a good home.
Edited by dheltzel - 1/17/15 at 3:20am