Lately, i have been buying my hens from a livestock auction. Right now laying hens are selling around 7$ each. Last weekend someone brought in about 40 debeaked rhode island red crosses grouped into 5 groups. All 8 of the hens in each batch was selling at about 25- 30$ It seemed no one wanted the debeaked hens even if they were good layers. I didnt buy any because i wasnt sure. I stuck to the few hens i wanted that werent debeaked and bought them for a higher price. My question is 1. Do the debeaked hens eat their feed ok? 2. Do they get along with other hens if they dont have beaks? 3. Why would someone debeak a chicken? I realize that sometimes they fight but do they really need to be debeaked? Let me know what you think... Should i buy some of the cheap hens next time i am there?