I would like to move towards a lifestyle of living with less money, and as part of this I would like to get some chickens for eggs to eat and to trade with a few other people down my road who grow a lot of veggies.
My dilemma is what to do with the chickens once they have finished laying. I would love to keep them as pets afterwards, but I have read that this can cause some problems/ I wouldn't have the space to keep the 'pets' separate/ as well. I'm also not sure that the finances of keeping them as pets really add up (I know that sounds heartless but unfortunately it's the reality and at least I could be 100% sure that they have a brilliant life, well fed and with lots of outdoor space). I eat meat very occasionally (if it's going to get thrown out otherwise). I'm not sure however, that I could bring myself to actually do the deed when the time came... if I couldn't, then letting someone else do it and then eating them would seem totally wrong! Maybe I would get used to it after a while? I don't know?
Does anybody else keep chickens for eggs? What do you do with them when they no longer lay?