I've been lurking for over a year and have been here a lot learning everything I can about chickens and turkeys. I have a small flock of mixed chickens (layers and dual purpose) that I've raised since they were a day old and a dozen turkeys Orlopp Bronze. So far everyone is doing OK, growing and my family is enjoying raising these birds. My neighbor has a small flock of chickens and they're more than two years old. Their egg laying is slowing and she's considering getting some chicks next year. When I asked her what she plans to do with the older hens she said she's going to let them loose and whatever happens to them so be it. I don't think that's a responsible thing to do and that those birds should be culled rather than being put through of the stress of being hunted by predators. We have many of those in these parts. Even if the meat is tough the carcasses can be used for stock. I won't take her chickens because I don't want to expose my flock to hers. Who knows - they could have parasites or diseases. She doesn't want to keep spending money on feed and bedding on hens that don't produce. I understand that but I don't think it's fair to let loose animals that are raised by and dependent on humans for their safety and care. She also has dogs and cats (the felines roam freely even tho I told her to keep them on her own property) and aren't neutered or spade and one of the cats had a litter of kittens. She still won't spend the $ to get them fixed. This is the type of human I live near. Does anyone else here have experience with this type of human? Thanks for your advice and love being a part of this community.