I ventured into the world of chickens in 2001 when on a whim I managed to pluck two pullets from a child's wading pool full of barred rock and RIR peeps. Lo and behold those girls are still with me and have been by far the best chickens anyone could ever ask for.. it seems as if they have long surpassed their laying days( in their prime they were machines cranking out the largest eggs ever). I am just wondering on typical age ranges of chickens.. I have read varying answers on life expectancy. My chickens have never really been medicated- really have went au natural their whole life and have had no major parasite/illness problems. Up until the last year and a half they free ranged over my 3 acres but were locked up at night. They seem to be doing ok just with maybe not as much spunk as their much younger coop mates. They will continue to live out their lives without any worry.. I cannot bear to "eat" my pets/family members!!! In my world chicken just comes from a package in the grocery store.