Dud 2 Year Old Hens - Kind Culling Alternative?
I am on a 50' x 100' city lot with 3 standard hens and 2 bantams.
Egg production has slumped precipitously in the last year of my 2 year old hens' lives. Moxie, Golden Sex Link, has ceased to lay and on any farm would likely be culled - her feet are quite orange. Rose, Jersey Black Giant, contracted a shell-forming problem and has layed big squarish brown eggs very sporadically ever since. Chrysanthemum is and Aruacauna that layed nearly daily in the past but not at all in the last 2 weeks. Okay - Chrysanthemum has been observed waiting for Rose to lay, then quickly devouring her egg! I'm afraid she is eating her own now too perhaps. These are our pets, but we are needing to thin the flock in favor of a few new layers. What to do?