O.k.... I have 16 Black Australorps who have been great layers for over two years, but they are about at the end of their laying days, I guess. For about 3 months, after their last molt, they started laying about 4 to 5 eggs per day, and now have gone to 1 to 4. I don't want to kill the girls for meat if the meat is not going to be worthwhile, as it seems such a waste. I've heard from friends that layer meat from older chickens is not nice, but tough, stringy, although flavorful. Does anyone have any thoughts on 1. whether to try and prepare these layers for food, or 2. if not, what does one do with chickens that don't lay any longer?