It's a long way off for mine but I'm curious. I only have four and I got them for fresh eggs so what do people normally do with their hens stop laying?? Do you keep them as pets?? I'd have a hard time getting rid of them but I have them for a purpose and would like to get new ones when they stop but I feel like thats totally inhumane...although they are just chickens so I don't see it quit like getting rid of a dog. I already had one chicken that I got from my aunt, so I wasn't sure how old she was, and never laid the 2 months I had her and I was considering just giving her back but she suddenly died...made it a lot easier then getting rid of her.