Red House Ranch laying hens produce about 1,500 eggs per day. To maintain this level of egg production we bring in new flocks of young laying hens about twice a year. As the new flocks arrive some of the oldest, least productive hens are removed and processed for stewing hens. These birds are NOT the same as our whole pastured chickens. They are best used to make broth, soup - we use them to make our own rich bone broth. We like to roast first, then cook for 24 hours at 190 degrees with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and herbs. Once your broth has cooled enough to handle, strain and freeze in quart containers. Stewing hens make the best bone broth we've ever tasted. Stock up now before these hens fly off the shelves.