Right now I am planning on keeping my chickens for their entire lives. However, when I say this to people I often get a very negative response. They say I'm wasting time and money keeping the chicken around who's not Lane a lot of eggs. Somebody even said it is not responsible chicken care. I was a little offended by that what I must admit. My chickens are basically pets that happen to give me eggs. I do sell the eggs but it's not like I planned on making enough money to support my chicken habit I could not kill my chickens. I might be able to surrender chickens to some friends if they wanted to butcher them and eat them. I also probably couldn't eat my own chickens. Our old chickens good to eat? Like five-year-old ones? I have just been surprised by the reaction I have gotten. I never claimed to be a farmer. How do other people handle this? I know many just call their flock at certain ages. But are there many people who plan to do what I do and keep them even past their prime Edlane years?