So, what do you do with the chickens when they stop being productive? When I was a kid we had chickens, and when they stopped laying we gave them to a family for pets. I have a very small area to raise chickens though, and don't know if I have the space for girls who are purely pets. Is there a solution to this other than chicken noodle soup. I think the girls deserve a better fate than that after years of devoted service. Oh, and how many years do chickens usually lay for? Thanks!