Many of us consider our chickens as pets and not "live stock" or "farm animals", they are really family members. And just like all of us, grow older and eventually retire and don't lay eggs as often or completely stop. It's natural. Their cute behavior and willingness to be hugged is all we ask for, oh and their poop for the garden. Well I asked about Grannies on our message board, 3 of which I adopted from someone. They hadn't laid at all since i got them and I was keeping them separated from the rest of the flock because I didn't want to bother them with the annoying antics of the younger ones. Laura had a great response about her older hens. This is what she posted.
And then Andie related her hen's story which was also great!