I was wondering if I could get some opinions. I have chickens for the eggs, and some for pets I have no interest in eating the chickens themselves. Ive' read on here that chickens usually stop laying eggs around 3 years old. Would it be mean at that point just to kick them out of the coop to be free range (so I could have younger ones) and let nature take it's course? I have been going back and forth on this.....on the one hand they could be free for the rest of their days to peck around the yard ( until a predator attack possibly) or I could give them away to someone who would butcher them right away. I've even thought about building them a retirment home when the time comes I guess this is the only thing I don't like about having chickens.