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I understand hens quit/slow down laying after some 3 years. At that time do y'all kill and eat, keep as "pets", or ????
 

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Depends why someone got the chickens in the 1st place. Some "retire" them and let them be, some pass them onto someone else who wants them for pets, others cull them. Mine, are here to stay until they die of old age. Got them for pets and what great pets they are. Lot of company for me and a source for lots of laughs & smiles.
 

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Like the others have said. It all depends on what you feel you want to do with them. I have every intention of making stew birds out of my ladies once they are not laying.
 

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When mine stop laying ill leave them be and ill get some new chicks.....but I will also have to keep them away from my dad :eek:
 

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Like the others have said. It all depends on what you feel you want to do with them. I have every intention of making stew birds out of my ladies once they are not laying.
same here, i'm not running an old age home for retired birds:D
 

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Mine have started to slow down their production. Since I have gotten ready for a new batch, I'm looking forward to dinner.;)
 

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Mine have started to slow down their production. Since I have gotten ready for a new batch, I'm looking forward to dinner.;)
once mine start to slow down i'll incubate some of their eggs & hatch out the girls who will replace them.

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As others have said, all depends on what their purpose is.

Mine are both pets and exhibition birds so they are with me for their life.
Their eggs are a bonus, a benefit.
 

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I don't have mine yet, but they will be pets. After they quit laying they can keep my yard bug free, my garden fertilized and my face smiley.

And I will get new chicks for eggs and hope I can intergrate them.
 

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I don't have mine yet, but they will be pets. After they quit laying they can keep my yard bug free, my garden fertilized and my face smiley.

And I will get new chicks for eggs and hope I can intergrate them.
if you only have a couple it's not bad
but i had about 50 total
the feed bill was over $100 a month
the ones not pulling their weight had to go by-by
 

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if you only have a couple it's not bad
but i had about 50 total
the feed bill was over $100 a month
the ones not pulling their weight had to go by-by
Oh yes, for me there will only be a couple. Silkies for pets only (only 2 or 3) and 2 or 3 egglayers as pets. It's just the two of us, we don't need a ton of eggs and the poop to go with it!
 
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