Here's the details in a nutshell: Got the itch last fall and bought six new chicks. I already had five laying hens that are basically pets now. My plan was to butcher the older ones when the younger ones started to lay. My wife wants to keep the older ones because they are friendlier but doesn't care either way. The younger ones are now starting to lay and the older ones give me 1-2 eggs a day. I can't decide. I'm torn between keeping the older ones or letting the younger ones grow and produce. Not liking my decisions. Wish I never bought the younger ones now. *sigh* What would you do?