What Happens to Old, Egg-Laying Chickens?

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According to My Pet Chicken, the average lifespan of a chicken is about eight years, and they only lay eggs productively in the first two to three years of their lives. In fact, commercially reared hens are only productive for about two years, sometimes even less. A hen in its prime egg-laying period lays one egg every 22 hours, a frequency that reduces as it grows older. Which makes one wonder – What does a commercial egg farmer do with thousands of hens that cannot produce eggs anymore? There are several ways to address the issue of “spent hens” –…

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