Everyone is free to do as they choose when the laying is done, and I respect your choice.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 1/3/12 at 8:34am
But let me get this straight. Let's say you have an urban/suburban backyard, would like to keep say 7 birds and you eat eggs. You build a retirement coop for when their laying slows significantly. And let's say you have some production breed like stars that may be nearly done after 2 years of laying. So you get new birds and retire them in 2 or 3 years. You get more and retire them, et.al.
Theoretically you could have 5 coops full of non-layers that you are buying what is now a significant amount of feed for. When does it end?
I thought one of the purposes of this local food/sustainable living concept was to get closer to and learn more about where one's food comes from - that includes meat(chicken).
If one has chickens, feeds them for optimum nutrition, carefully nurtures them so they are as comfortable as possible, refuses to eat said bird, yet eats chicken mcnuggets, chicken strips or grocery birds, that lived a horrid life, ate a diet that I wouldn't dare feed my chickens - I just don't get it.
I don't have a problem with the concept of a retirement home for chickens, especially since the meat isn't that tender but
If you don't want the birds to be killed and you found someone to maintain a retirement home for them, would you be willing to buy their food and pay for the maintenance of the facility for the rest of their lives?