What to do with old birds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Seapelt, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Seapelt

    Seapelt Hatching

    May 25, 2010
    Olympia, WA
    So my friend and I are comming upon the question of what to do with the birds that no longer lay. We are looking into aquiring more, younger birds, but we don't know what to do with the older ones. We really don't want to slaughter them. We have a limited amount of space because we are in the city? Any suggestions? What do you guys do?
  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    Well for me they are live stock and apparently what I would do, would be difficult for you, or so you say. You can sell them super cheap or give them away to someone that only wants a pet that can eat table scraps and fertilize the yard, but they might not want very many. I imagine they would make an interesting pet, provided they have a protected area and a lot of cover.
    Depending on the breed, they might make decent broodies, even though they might not lay many eggs. So they might actually be valueable to a small farm.
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    Find an acquaintance who is not emotionally attached to your hens and gift them to that acquaintance.

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