This next fall I will have some hens that will be 1 1/2 years old. I was not happy with their egg production this winter. As soon as the temperature dropped below 35 degrees they stopped laying. I went about 2 months without getting an egg from 5 birds. I am considering getting some chicks this spring to replace the slow laying birds. I will wait till this next fall to butcher them but they will be 1 1/2 to 2 years old at that time and towards the end of their prime laying years. Will the meat still be ok to eat? Will it be worth my time/money to have them butchered? The birds that slowed down are 2 silver laced wynodatte, and EE and 1 Austrolorp and 1 Sumatra.