What to do with old hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jmanvanatta, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Jmanvanatta

    Jmanvanatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 8 year old hens that just dont lay any more, my dad said i have to do somthing with them or he will eat them. I hate this thought, does anyone have an idea as to what i could do?
     
  2. Chickie64

    Chickie64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have any friends that could take them? If not you could buy them off your dad and pay for their food and bedding, and then they would be yours an he couldn't take them an eat them.
     
  3. swga

    swga Out Of The Brooder

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    Check your local backyard chicken groups (like on Meetup). There are people who adopt non-laying birds and other rescues. Most often they go to places where free-ranging is the only food source to act as pest-control.
     
  4. swga

    swga Out Of The Brooder

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    you might also look into some of the threads available about kick-starting an old hen's laying with extra variety in the diet. Some advocate fodder or extra protein or extra electrolytes and vitamins... lots of options and opinions.
     
  5. Jmanvanatta

    Jmanvanatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     

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