What happens to your chickens when they get old and stop laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Featherland26, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Featherland26

    Featherland26 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    I am curious as to what you do when your chicken has reached the end of her laying life.
  2. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    They stop laying and freeload off of me until they die. [​IMG]

    But seriously, I have a pair of 5 yr olds, still laying and I had one hen lay up until her 9th year. I have some broodies that lay kind of seasonally and only when they want to hatch something (Thats when I pull the old switch-a-roo on them! [​IMG]) Sometimes I sell breeding birds that I don't need anymore for my projects, but I sell them young so they are still useful to most, and often they go to other hobbyists.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I don't eat chicken, so I just let them live in peace. For that reason I am careful to keep my flock at about 20 or less. I do lose some to predators, so I hatch some and rehome the roos to make a good dinner for someone else!
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They feed a large family I know that really needs the help it provides.
  5. chickens_in_the_ghetto

    chickens_in_the_ghetto Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2011
    Ours haven't reached that time in their lives yet, but ours will wind up in the dumplin's pot, or sold, post butchering and plucking, to soemone who likes organically raised partial free range soup hens.
  6. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Ours will live out their days here with us. We can have a maximum of twelve chickens and we have six. In a few years when the older girls start slowing down we'll get the next six, and let the cycle run it's course.
  7. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    They become my grandmothers Jewish penicillin. [​IMG] Hey wait a minute, I'm not Jewish.[​IMG] But you get the point.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  8. DanyyChicken

    DanyyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southern NH
    I plan to keep mine till they die of natural causes. I'm hoping they will make it easy on me when the time comes and they just fall off their perch while sleeping. I have a feeling it won't happen that way but I'm holding out hope. They are still young so hopefully I won't have to think about it for a couple of years.
  9. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

    Sep 1, 2010
    Mine haven't reached that age yet, but ours have a full retirement plan. We use our chickens in our garden too, so even if they slow down on the laying they will still be good gardeners. We do eat chicken, (just not our girls) and when we first got our girls I had grand plans of raising some for meat, but a couple of forced culls do to injury that I am still having nightmares over put a quick end to that thinking.
  10. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Quote:Awesome post & signature, I agree! [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by