Hey all, I have 6 backyard chickens. 1 is a rooster, 2 are not old enough to lay, 1 is laying and 2 I'm assuming are too old to lay, because they've never laid since I bought them (they were already full grown.) I have two questions for anyone who would be so kind to answer: 1. One of the hens that I THINK must be too old to lay, was purchased full grown about 3-4 weeks ago. Is there a chance that she just hasn't settled in yet... could that be why she isn't laying or would you say chances are she's just too old? 2. I know older hens have tough meat. But with these two hens I have no clue how old they are. What if they are VERY old. Would the meat still be good? I guess my question is more like ... is there ever a situation when you wouldn't even bother slaughtering? I have 25 baby chicks (13 light brahmas and 12 RIR's) that I plan to start breeding for meat, but I've never slaughtered a chicken yet. So I'm brand new to this. Thanks!!