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Hello I read somewhere on a post that chickens rarely die of old age, I am not sure curious to read what others say. My girls are almost 3 years of age.

Two BO, one SLW, one EE, two NH, one Dom one big white orpington roo   -three laboradors, two beautiful, active boys (human type) 4 bovan browns

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Two BO, one SLW, one EE, two NH, one Dom one big white orpington roo   -three laboradors, two beautiful, active boys (human type) 4 bovan browns

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post #12 of 15
Hello I have had two chickens die on me this year all are around 3-4 yrs old. The first one was molting and became really skinny and died. The last recent one was a fat Dominique that was really healthy and when I went up in the afternoon it was laying their dead by the trough
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any suggestions why this could happen?
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My 10 year old rooster died last May 1st, exactly 10 years to the day he was born. He always defended himself throughout his life to be the top dog that he deserved. When he was 9 he took on another rooster that had grown into manhood. I didn't know they were sparring out in the cold rain until hours later. My poor old rooster got beat by the younger boy. After that he just kind of gave up and let the younger roosters step ahead of him in ranking. He started to become slower and depressed, but still had his pride knowing he was the king at one time. The last days he sat mostly, ate a little, and stopped the proud crow I had heard for a decade. I held him in my arms and told him it was ok to go. I left him in a peaceful spot where he wouldn't be disturbed and he died within an hour. He made my life a joy. He's buried in a special spot under our prettiest tree.

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Originally Posted by Redcatcher View Post

The majority of my chickens live to be 10-12 years old and they are a good cross section of breeds. The aging process is very gradual. The EE I had that lived to be 18 started sprouting white feathers all around her head. The eggs that she was laying were almost flat (think of a "deflated" egg). She had arthritis in her legs but that started when she was about 12 and progressed very slowly. Their feather quality declines , again, nothing you would see overnight. Usually an old chicken will succumb during a time of stress such as going through a molt, extreme cold or heat.. I used to bring my EE in the house during those times and I saved her from certain death a number of times.  Their immune systems are really weak so they are really susceptible to mites. Almost every old chicken will develop a bad case of scaly mites unless you treat it aggressively. Towards the end, the other chickens may begin picking on and chasing an old chicken, usually into a corner where he or she eventually die if you don't intervene. Something that they generally don't do to chickens that are just plain ill. I think it's their way of hurrying the process along.

Redcatcher, you really need to contact the Guiness World Book of Records and give them your info. You would succeed Matilda the Chicken as Worlds Oldest Chicken. Matilda only lived for 16 years.

And my EE who is 9 has gray feathers around her beak too! She is sadly succumbing to old age right now. 😔
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