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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by bawkbawkbawk 

Reviving this thread to ask a question: do these estimates apply to hatchery birds and breeder stock alike? I started with 4 hatchery birds and lost one at 6 mo, another at 18 mo and now a third is sick at 2 yrs - good chance I will lose her too. No definitive cause of illness on any of them. All were/are optimally cared for and under veterinary care.

Is it a coincidence or are hatchery birds more likely to die young?


I think the "newer" hatchery birds aren't as sturdy as the ones I had back in the 60's and 70's. The birds then may not have been as inbred as current ones. I do believe that the more you try to refine a breed the more you have to sacrifice to get the qualities you want. It's like in dogs, purebreds that have been heavily inbred/linebred tend to have more health issues than your average Heinz 57.
I have also found that my "mutt" chickens tend to be healthier and live longer than a refined hatchery bird. If you look at some of the meat breeds.. they have health issues and a very short lifespan compared to your ordinary every day chicken coop "mutt"

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I don't have poultry.. I have mini feathered velociraptors
Emu Hatch 2013-2014    Emu Hatch 2013   Emu Hatch 2012   Hatching Muscovy Eggs  Turkey Incubation and Hatching

Sexing Emu Chicks   Our Hoop Coop build   Blowing Out Emu Eggs for Crafting 

 

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post #12 of 19

Any other thoughts?

See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes Pippa, a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle, Ginger, an EE and three babies added January 2016 - Bella the BO, Ava the Australorp and Nugget, a RIR.

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See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes Pippa, a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle, Ginger, an EE and three babies added January 2016 - Bella the BO, Ava the Australorp and Nugget, a RIR.

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post #13 of 19

I had a bantam buff cochin rooster ( roy) that lived to be 8, he was in great
shape, until he met my bullmastiff puppy.  sad   

right now I have meat broiler rooster that is over a year old, he is HUGE
he escaped when we were catching for butcher last year, so we just let him be.
He is a big kind old bugger.

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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention; sincere effort; intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. William A. Foster
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post #14 of 19

most of you seem concerned with how long your hens will live

 

4 years ago this august i got Pedro. he was born on July 11. He is my chicken. i love him. he has survived alot. last week he was attacked by 3 dogs. i took him to the vet. it cost me 90$. if one of my other chicks got hurt that bad i would kill them and throw them them trash. Pedro i will bury.

 

i want to know how long i should expect him to live. he will have an heir. the rest of my chickens are Pedro's. he is for me. they are for him. all three kinds. 

 

so anyone know how long i should expect an old English bantam / American game bantam cross to live?

My Flock = 1 Old English Game Roster Bantam , 1 American Game Hen Bantam, 1 Cochin Bantam Hen X, 2 White Leghorn & White Bresse X Roosters & 6 Hens, 1  ISA Brown Hen, 6 Black Jersey Giant Chicks, & 2 Royal palm or Broad Breasted White Turkeys, and 2 Silkies Chicks, 1 Barred Easter Egger Rooster, 1 Brown Leghorn / Rhode Island Red X Rooster, 1 Black Star Hen, 1 Australorp Hen, 1...
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My Flock = 1 Old English Game Roster Bantam , 1 American Game Hen Bantam, 1 Cochin Bantam Hen X, 2 White Leghorn & White Bresse X Roosters & 6 Hens, 1  ISA Brown Hen, 6 Black Jersey Giant Chicks, & 2 Royal palm or Broad Breasted White Turkeys, and 2 Silkies Chicks, 1 Barred Easter Egger Rooster, 1 Brown Leghorn / Rhode Island Red X Rooster, 1 Black Star Hen, 1 Australorp Hen, 1...
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post #15 of 19
Sorry hes the "Old English Bantam" and i can't edit on my phone.
My Flock = 1 Old English Game Roster Bantam , 1 American Game Hen Bantam, 1 Cochin Bantam Hen X, 2 White Leghorn & White Bresse X Roosters & 6 Hens, 1  ISA Brown Hen, 6 Black Jersey Giant Chicks, & 2 Royal palm or Broad Breasted White Turkeys, and 2 Silkies Chicks, 1 Barred Easter Egger Rooster, 1 Brown Leghorn / Rhode Island Red X Rooster, 1 Black Star Hen, 1 Australorp Hen, 1...
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My Flock = 1 Old English Game Roster Bantam , 1 American Game Hen Bantam, 1 Cochin Bantam Hen X, 2 White Leghorn & White Bresse X Roosters & 6 Hens, 1  ISA Brown Hen, 6 Black Jersey Giant Chicks, & 2 Royal palm or Broad Breasted White Turkeys, and 2 Silkies Chicks, 1 Barred Easter Egger Rooster, 1 Brown Leghorn / Rhode Island Red X Rooster, 1 Black Star Hen, 1 Australorp Hen, 1...
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post #16 of 19
3 years top's in the country
post #17 of 19

I know many people on here have some very old chickens, I do see a lot of them live in CA where the weather is mostly nice. But truthfully, if everything goes very well, I think once you are past the first few weeks, you can reasonably expect your bird to live about 3 years. You may get lucky and have them live longer, but a lot of them are gone between the 3-4 years. However this is no guarantee, a lot of chickens under reasonable care, will not make 3 years old. Some will live longer. It is a crap shoot.

 

If having the same pet for years is your goal, I don't think chickens is for you. It is better to think of having a flock for years to come, but the chickens in it will change. 

 

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post #18 of 19

Just an uneducated guess, but I would think that chicken breeds that are bred for meat production would tend to have shorter lives that layers, as the most important thing is good meat, a lot of it and fast maturity to slaughter age/size. I wouldn't think anyone who breeds for such qualities would care much how long its life span was after it has reached that point.

 

But that's JMHO. :idunno

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D.gif  ~ ACORN ACRES in South Cackalacky jumpy.gif

 

Seven Easter Eggers, a Black Australorp, 1 Cuckoo Marans, An old Production Red,

and some really prolific oak trees!

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post #19 of 19

All my hens are pure pets.  In May 2010 I purchased 4 day-old black australorp chicks from a commercial hatchery.  I have two of those girls remaining (my Big Girls).  So that puts them at 6 1/2 years old right now.  They are both still laying, although very sporadically, and not great egg quality.  Of course, no one is laying right now with winter, etc.  I am hoping they will both reach their 7th birthday next May!

 

My other hen, Betty the Ameracauna, passed away on Earth Day in April this year.  I believe she was an older hen.  Adopted her as an adult, and during the 4 1/2 short years she was with me, she never laid an egg.  A vet commented once on X-rays taken of Betty when she was sick once; he noted that she looked like "an older bird". Who knows how old she might have been?

 

I do feel that if it were not for (1) predators and (2) serious illness, both of which we've experienced, that I'd still have some of my other hens who have since passed away.

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