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How long do roosters live?

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I am asking because tonight we were talking about my rooster, Lucky Jim and my husband said he thought he wouldn't be around much longer because "roosters only live for a year don't they".

Now I thought they lived the same as hens, so potentially alot more than a year. But as my husband really doesn't like Lucky Jim because he wakes him up in the mornings I think maybe he is putting up with him on  this basis (he's 10 months old). But I'd like to know- do they live the same as hens or just a year?

My poor husband, lol I inherited a cat he couldn't stand a few years ago, I told him they lived to about 10, the cat just died last year 2 months short of his 20th birthday. Luckily husband had got used to him by then. I'm hoping he might get used to Lucky Jim too eventually.....

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I'd say that, barring sickness and predators, Lucky Jim could easily live at least 5 years.   I think my grandmothers longest lived rooster made it to 8.

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My oldest rooster is 6. He's apparently in the early stages of memory loss as well, because he's forgotten we used to be great friends hit he's attacked me twice this past week (in all the years I've had him these are the only times he's done it). Unfortunately I'm thinking this was his way of telling me he's on his way out, cause he's looking worse and worse everyday. I guess what I'm saying is, with great care they can live quite sometime. I think 6 is pretty old for a chicken, but I've seen others on this forum who have birds older than that smile

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So Very Lucky Jim, not so lucky husband gig

Hope he gets used to him then..... I am thinking about trying putting him in the stable at night with blacked out windows to stop him waking up so early.

Here's a couple of pictures of him, I think he's lovely love

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/59393_img_1921.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/59393_img_1928.jpg

He's an Australorp LF. I'm going to get some Australorp hatching eggs to hatch out some lady friends for him since he's going to be around for a bit longer smile

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Originally Posted by sophiejw 

So Very Lucky Jim, not so lucky husband gig

Hope he gets used to him then..... I am thinking about trying putting him in the stable at night with blacked out windows to stop him waking up so early.
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It would work better to get some ear plugs for hubby.   I don't know of anyone who has ever had luck "blacking out" a rooster.  Shoot,  I've known more than a few who crow well before sunup.

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He's beautiful!  I love australorps, but our last hen was really mean.  She would grab your skin then twist with her beak and tear off.  It hurt really bad! hmm

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