in with new and out with the old

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tav1, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right now my reds are about 2 1/2 yrs old , I know there not gonna last for ever so what's
    a good age to rotate your hen stock with new and younger hens.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I like to replace roughly a third of the flock yearly - keeping productive birds and pets longer.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    x2. Some birds stay forever (oldest died at ten years of age), some to the freezer, some to other homes, and a few to hawks, and illness. I replace a few every year, both broody raised here, and outside chicks. I cull down to about 35 birds for winter, including a couple of extra cockrels, who all have to get along together. Your hens are definitely going to produce fewer eggs, and some chicks in spring will be a very good idea. I like variety, and different egg colors, so it's fun to catalog shop too! Mary
     

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