I realize many people don't do this but I was wondering about removing older hens that are not laying so well any more. If I get new chicks in the spring, they mature all summer and then lay the next spring will they lay well for 2 summers? If they will, I can replenish the flock every other year with chicks. In the fall of the year of the new chicks I can then remove the older hens(2 1/2 yrs old) Is this a good plan to keep the laying at peak? Thanks, PS I'm not cold hearted, just trying to figure out a few things~Don't know if I'll really be able to cull the older ladies or maybe rehome them.