Yesterday a family came and picked up my old hens and a few roosters. Comparatively the coop looks empty now.
I have 22 hens and one rooster left.
Every three years we get baby chicks in the spring. We raise them with the old hens. Then in the fall when the chicks start laying, we get rid of the old hens.
I don’t know exactly how many they took but I think about 24. They were planning on butchering the roosters and keeping the hens as long as they still laid eggs.
I did keep my old favorite hen.
I have another who looks like her too.
It’s hard to see them go but I can’t afford to feed them once they aren’t laying very many eggs. It helped to see that this family was a group of animal lovers.
The chickens were a little skittish last night after we had caught the other chickens. This morning they are more calm again. Before I knew who the bossy chicken was and who was the shy chicken. Now with the old gals and the rooster gone, it’s going to be interesting to see what the new pecking order will be.