Hey fellow backyard chicken lovers, Ok, I read in Prevention Magazine today that caged birds lay better eggs and lay longer. I thought WHAT!!! how can a bird that is born, lives their life, than dies in a cage lay better eggs. I thought that a free ranging hen layed better eggs because she had access to fresh grass, bugs and sun. They artical literally said that a hen that is free ranging will only lay for about 24 months than after that you need to replace your flock and get hens that are laying well. And that a caged hen will lay longer and better eggs.??? I am as you can probably tell just a little bit confused. Can anyone who has older hens or for that matter according to the article hens that are over 3 years old validate what I read. I am new at chickens, I ordered my first batch of chicks a few days ago. I have no experience with chicken yet... I am starting my backyard flock because I want the fresh eggs and happy birds, not bird that live and die in a cage. What life is that. Any insite would be great. Thanks Fellow Backyard chicken keepers. I can always count on the people here to clear things up for me.