ok, noob here getting ready to get my first set of pullet chicks next week. i have a couple questions i've been wondering about, hope i'm posting in the correct forum.
i am getting a couple buff orps and easter eggers, and here are a few things i haven't really seen addressed anywhere:
first, approximately what is their life expectancy?
second, approximately how long can i expect them to continue laying eggs?
and lastly, as of right now we are only going to get pullets, and don't plan on harvesting them as broilers. i've heard that the chickens' meat is really only tender for the first couple years of its life. if, say, one died naturally and disease free after 3, 4, 5 years, would it be okay to either a) cook it down for broth and chicken soup meat for our family; or b) cook it enough so that at least our dogs would be able to get a few chicken dinners out of it if it's too tough for people?
thanks for any of your shared wisdom.