Hello all, I hope I have this post in the right place. I am on my second winter with my hens and this one is much more severe in temps than last year. They've spent a great deal of time cooped up and are getting mean to each other. I'm pretty sure if I don't get them to stop - one of them will be pecked to death soon. In any case, all of this has led to me to thinking about whether I can actually kill my own chickens. I've been reading through many of the posts on the site and it seems there are many of you who keep chickens purely for the eggs. It is my understanding that after about 5 years, hens pretty much just stop laying. My question then is, if you keep chickens for the eggs and don't want to butcher them, what do you do with them when they stop laying?