Average BYC life expectancy poll!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by ChickHotel, May 9, 2010.

  1. ChickHotel

    ChickHotel New Egg

    Mar 15, 2010
    Nampa, ID
    I am fairly new to the world of chickens, but am already addicted and adore my 5 byc's (RIR (Rosie), Buff Orp(Sweetie Pie), Barred Rock (Lily), Golden Sex (Monster) and Americana (Gretel)). So when my Statistics teacher gave our semester end project and left the topic up to the student I immediately thought of my chickens! (Yes, I am 30 and still in college...I should have bought chickens earlier instead of having three kids!).

    I have heard that chickens live anywhere from early victims of predators and illness all the way up to 15! What I need for my project is some raw data to analyze. So if some of you fine chicken folk would post some of your former chickens life spans and a brief description of cause of death (i.e. old age, injury, illness or predator) I would be very grateful.

    I do not mean for this to be a downer, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see just how long my little chicky-bocks can live! (That's the pet name my 3yr old gave 'em.)

    Thank you in advance!

    Last edited: May 9, 2010
  2. RAWR

    RAWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    Mr. Bootsy - 2 months - dogs
    Kuromi - 4 months - runt
    Corndog - one week - shock
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I have some that are 6 years old all the way down to 12 hours.
  4. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Last year's data:

    RIR hen -17 weeks, heat stroke in an April heat wave
    Senior Cocky - 28 weeks- mean as hell and butchered for tamales (he attacked my neice after several weeks of increasing aggression)
    Coco & Vin are 1.5 years, both laying and doing fine
  5. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    If all goes well, a chicken can live well past the tender lovin' age of 10. They'res some folk on here that have had them reach the age of 14!
  6. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    One of my hens lived to be almost 9 years old. She was a Speckled Sussex.
    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    5 year old EE, and she's still kickin! [​IMG]
  8. Red&Yellow

    Red&Yellow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2009
    Frederick County, MD
    Well, the oldest right NOW is three years...and still laying!

    We've had, I believe, a RIR hen who lived to be 5...She may have died from old age or she got tired of having new chickies to deal with.
  9. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    I had a DUCK for 9 years. I think the longest I have had a chicken would be 2 or 3 years.
  10. Miss Red

    Miss Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Trinity, Texas
    Crooked Tail [Claret Roo]- 13 years, died fighting a younger rooster when we weren't home to break it up.
    Miss Thin [Claret hen] - 9 Years, snake bite on the crop.
    Domino [a Dominique] - 5 years, predator.

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