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

    Nov 4, 2014
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I like to replace roughly a third of the flock yearly - keeping productive birds and pets longer.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    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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