Saturday, February 23, 2013

Unwanted hens

One of the downsides of the urban hen trend is what to do with hens that have outlived their usefulness.  Hens that are aggressive or eat eggs.  Hens that have stopped laying or that the laying has slowed enough to make the cost of each egg higher than the owner is comfortable with.

The web is full of ideas on this subject.  There are those for whom the hens have become pets and they are kept as such living out their full 8 to 10 year life span.  There are shelters with hens and unwanted roosters on their list of adoptable animals.  There are self righteous vegan "farms" that will take them for a price and a signed document that you will never keep chickens again.  Historical farms all over the country find new chickens on their property - thrown over the fence the night before.

Or apparently you can give them to us.

This small flock of 6 will be processed tomorrow.  They are 2 years old and all except one have stopped laying consistently.  4 are known egg eaters.  3 are aggressive to their previous owners.  I'm not really sure what we will do with them.  Winter is not the ideal time to process outside.  There is an acquaintance of mine who feeds their dogs the BARF diet.  Old hens make great stock.  Chris wants some for crayfish bait.   We could just sell them on Craigslist and make them someone else's problem. (The last one is not gonna happen)

Well we have until tomorrow to figure it out.

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