What do you do with a hen who is done laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 3rocksandme, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may seem like a silly question, but what do you do with a laying hen after she doesn't produce eggs anymore? Is a mature heritage breed still good to eat?
     
  2. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow I've never had a hen stop laying...All mine get killed by predators, natural causes (illness and old age, etc), drowning (usually chicks X_x), and accidents (me - lol)
    I've had a hen who was 9 yrs old who still layed 4 eggs a week (RIR) and my friend has a hen currently who is 12ish and lays 5-6 eggs a week (Leghorn/BR cross(guess) )

    I guess you could eat - but aged meat is usually much tougher and less ability to absorb/hold moisture when cooking in my experience. If anything use them for soup/stew [​IMG]
     
  3. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I was under the impression hens only laid for a few years. Or that's what I have been told. It suddenly dawned on my that we would have to do something with the retired ladies, but I wasn't sure what....build a hen retirement home or something.
     
  4. Candiss

    Candiss Burdette Bantams

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    I know this is a chicken board and everyone has different opinions but could you really eat something that you have had for years?? I could not do it but I guess to each his/her own.. I VOTE on retirement home... [​IMG]

    Candace
     
  5. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 now that are not laying due to their age and I think we will have to cull to make space for new stock. It is sad but we can't afford to feed a bird that does not produce. My daughter is not happy with that but I'm afraid it is something she will have to get used to. I would not eat either of them though as they will be tough.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:That's why you marinate and then slow cook in a crock pot.
     
  7. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious....how old are the birds that have stopped laying? And what would you do with them after they are culled?
     
  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:That's why you marinate and then slow cook in a crock pot.

    These old birds, that are actually old and have some years in them, make the very, very best chicken broth - the meat is full of rich flavor that only comes with age (like a fine wine)! The meat is great for soup or pot pies.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I vote for retirement home or assisted living.
     
  10. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Retired hen house [​IMG] They served you now you serve them I guess. That's what I would do anyway.
     
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