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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens rule 33, Mar 25, 2018.
Wondering what the average age for a chicken was ?
I dont know what the average is but i had one that was 7. Fox got all my birds last fall.
So far my oldest hens are almost 5, they don't show any signs of croaking yet
My oldest is 6.
Average age of the flock is 3, due to large influx of youngsters last year. Average age last year was 3 as well, but I didn't do fall culling. I have some birds that are five and still giving ~4 eggs a week in summer. (Nothing in winter, though.)
Peep will be 11 this summer. I also have two 9, two 8. Several 7's and 6's. Plus every age down to newborn. Average?
The average age of chickens has a lot to do with a lot of things. In theory, chickens can live 8 to 10 years. In reality, few make it that far.
--Some people (and virtually all commercial enterprises) butcher chickens after 2 years when their productivity drops.
--Predators kill many chickens before their natural life is up.
--Illness and disease will take others. Chickens, particularly hatchery stock, are very prone to reproductive disorders. I read somewhere that fully 1/2 of hatchery stock layers will die of reproductive disorders by the age of 5.
Putting all that together, I don't think the average age of a non-commercial, backyard bird is more than 3 or 4 years old.
It's great to see a hen that old!
She's just like an Everready battery.... keeps on going and going....
She also gave me several eggs last summer.
Mathematically, we were talking about this in school this week, if you did it on a line graph you would see high numbers of 0-2 year old birds, as the birds get older, there are fewer and fewer. I have seen many posts of birds over 6, however, I myself have never come close due to predation mostly. Age caused illnesses rise with the age of the bird, they tend to die of natural causes with age, and people do cull them. So much fewer older birds, much high number of younger birds, I am picking somewhere between 2-3 is an average age.
If you are hoping for a long term investment in birds, think of investing or keeping of a flock for years, the birds in the flock flow in and out of it.