In a SHTF scenario, already having a small flock of laying chickens will
be of great benefit for everyone from an urban backyard to a rural,
backwoods bunker setting. They are easy to care for, provide eggs and
eventually, can grace your stewpot once they have stopped laying. Given
the opportunity, they are also resourceful, and will scavenge for
insects, grubs, and their favorite greenery. Be warned, they absolutely
adore strawberries and kale, and will eat it right out of your garden!
A laying hen reaches maturity and begins laying eggs at around 4-6
months of age. She will lay an average of two eggs every three days for
the next 3-5 years. After that, you may wish to consider adding the girl
to the stewpot. Laying hens are not as tender as young meat birds
(which are typically slaughtered at eight weeks of age) but their meat
is still salvageable if boiled or tenderized with some vinegar prior to
Laying Hens or Meat Birds?