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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 1ADAM12, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So all of my birds are 1 year old or less. I know I have a few years left of egg laying. What do you all do with the birds that don't lay anymore? Keep as pets and add new young birds to your flock? Or butcher them? My wife will want to keep as pets lol
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We will keep ours as pets, but I suppose it depends on how many you have.
     
  3. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very small flock. An assortment of hens that total 8
     
  4. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 9 we will be keeping. LOL
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I keep my old girl until they pass or need culling. About half will die between 4-6 years old. A few live longer. If you add a couple every 2-4 years you should get a revolving flock. Many dual purpose breeds will lay until 5-6 with a few laying longer.
     
  6. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excuse my ignorance but I am new to chickens lol. What is Culling?
     
  7. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people say the actual meaning doesn't mean kill, but in most instances I think that is the context it is used as.
     
  8. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this refer to production type birds too (if they are well cared for)?
     
  9. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    To "cull" means to remove, or "weed out".

    If you are keeping chickens for production purposes (selling the eggs) then killing and eating the unproductive birds is usual practice, otherwise you are throwing away money of feed, etc. If they are pets then it's up to you if they are worth continuing to spend the money on or not..
     
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  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    The few sex link birds I've had stopped laying at about 2 years of age and both died not much longer after that. Not enough birds to give an accurate guess. I currently have some Ancona so we will see how they do. I think leghorns and other Mediterranean breeds are longed lived as well and lay longer in life than sex links.

    To me culling is killing, whether it's eaten afterwards depends on if it's old or young, sick or healthy, but as stated culling can be just removing the ones you don't want and selling or rehoming them.
     
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