I know it has been discussed many times but I have still got some questions. First of all I have 8 hens4 BO 2 BR and 2 6 month old BO & BR mix. I have room for only 14 total. My hens turned 1 in August. How long will they lay eggs? I know some folks get rid of their hens after about 1 to 2 years but mine are pets with benefits and I plan on letting them live their lives out here on our farm. I am so tempted to get more hens but I need to stagger them so I can have fresh eggs along the way. How long will they live and how much of their lives do they lay?