With all the new chicks my hens hatched this spring, I realized I have to downsize before my flock hits the 100 mark! I have about 30 hens that aren't producing nearly as many eggs as they are eating feed, and it's becoming ridiculously expensive for me to keep paying for their feed. These are mostly RIR hens that are 2-1/2 to 3 years old. However, I feel terrible when I think about selling them at an auction where I know other farmers sell their "spent" hens. These have been my pets and good egg-layers in the past, and I hate just using them up during their better years and then 'discarding' them. I don't want to use their meat either -- I feel too close to them, ya know? I have several people lined up who want hens, but they want high-producing, young hens, not these. How do you'all handle this?