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    When your chooks have aged and stopped laying eggs? I'm so grateful for the time they did give me an egg a day or even just 2 or 3 a week that I can't bring myself to 'dispatch' them as a neighbour does. They live out their days in blissful retirement, probably costing more than if I just bought eggs in the first place..........so what do you do?
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    Mine live out their days in "blissful retirement" too. They've given their all, they deserve their rest.
    I'm down to one hen now, so I'm rehoming 3 from a rescue on Saturday to keep her company. If they lay, great, if they don't, never mind. They'll still keep me amused, turn weeds into compost and produce "manure".
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    I'm having a chicken break at the moment. My electric fence wasn't keeping out the foxes - they've increased in numbers hugely here .

    I kept them all - I would never repay a chicken with a death sentence because they couldn't give me an egg! I also ended up having everyone else's surplus.
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    I'm planning on getting a few ladies in the spring and no way could I ever murder them just because they weren't laying eggs..... Even if mine decide after settling in they cannot be bothered to lay I'll be keeping them as pampered ladies who lunch If I';m desperate for eggs I'll just get a couple of younger POL girlies to add to my flock
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    Graceful retirement... they help keep the slugs and snails and other pests down in the garden and the soil in the run is amazingly rich whenever i get around to digging it out... Lots of other uses than just egg producing machines!

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    On the other hand... We usually let ours live out their lives, but I'm in a quandary now. We have two left and they're getting quite elderly. They rarely lay eggs these days but when they do, one of them eats it. Not sure which of them has turned into the egg eater. Anyway, bringing in more chickens for eggs isn't really going to help matters, as those eggs would disappear too.
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    Mine just retire gracefully too. And as a thank you, sometimes lay the most oddly shaped/wrinkly eggs
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    Do you guys have any problems getting new chickens and adding them with ones you already have?

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