So after reading, listening, and watching everything regarding keeping backyard chickens in prep for my own flock, a number of times I've come across the topic of end of life issues regarding chickens. There seems to be a bandwagon of critics anxious to indict "hipsters" for starting a flock of backyard chickens, and then dropping them off at animal shelters in a few years when their laying slows. While I don't think I fall into the category of "hipster," I will soon be a new chicken owner and am wondering how you all tend to those issues. The topic is less pertinent for those of you who raise meat chickens. But if your motive is pets or eggs, what are you going to do when the cost of keeping a chicken is more than the return on investment? Are you prepared to harvest your chickens, even if that wasn't your original intent? Yikes! The horror! We already have a list of possible names for our not-yet-here chickens. I tell myself I can harvest the chickens when it's time, but then I ask myself, really?! We'll see. Maybe I should tear up the list and not get emotionally involved! So this thread is mostly for those of you who keep chickens for eggs or as pets, not keepers of meat chickens or professional poultry keepers. If you have plans, please state what you plan to do and by what means. Thank you.