My chooks are all (touch wood) healthy. I'm not too sure of the age of my older girls, they are adopted. They are still laying (isa browns) so they aren't that old. I've outlived cats and dogs, they've had to be euthanised when they "couldn't be fixed". What can I expect with my chickens, assuming they don't succumb to illness or injury in their younger years? It could prove expensive taking them to the vet, even with only 6 hens. Do they usually just "go to sleep and not wake up" one day, or is euthanasia often required? It sounds a bit morbid, but people have said isa browns don't live that long and I'd rather get info now when I can handle it, than in a "situation" where I'm all upset and not knowing what to do. I'm a "city person", and don't have a "country person"'s familiarity with "dispatching" livestock when it's necessary.