I was just wondering as my wife and I have talked about this. We have like 10 chickens that are just now 8 months and laying, pretty soon they will all be laying eggs. My wife is all excited as she already has people lined up to buy the eggs. So what do you all do with them when they get too old to lay eggs? I said we clean them and eat them, my wife of course says no way . She says they would be 8 year old chickens , not good for eating, the ones you buy in the store are young chickens.And of course she wont touch them to clean them, so I would have to do all that. I say they have been grain fed, and raised naturally, and would be better eating than any in the store , and I cant see wasting all the time and effort and grain we used to raise them. And I would not want to just release them on my 5 acres for some predator to get them. I have had no problems with any predators so far , if they found a stray chicken outside, they would hang around our coop looking to get the others.