Average Life Span of a Chicken/Rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Joan, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Joan

    Joan Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm still a bit stunned to learn about chicken/rooster longevity. Figure I am 69 years old and my chickens may darn well out live me! Hadn't figured on that.
    I have two dogs (Dachshunds) and they are 9 and 10 so I may make the rest of their life span. The chickens are less than 2 yrs old, the rooster is about the same.
    My aging in people and animals gets more complicated than you might think at first blush!
     
  2. cowmilker1958

    cowmilker1958 New Egg

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    I have 2 game twin roosters and they are 16 years old and still going strong.
     
  3. keeperofthechickens

    keeperofthechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I bet I have kept over 100 "pet" chickens spanning over 20 years and the oldest one I had was a hen that lived until 8. Other than an eggbound hens my chickens are pretty healthy can survive for a long time. But it only takes 1 moment for a predator to ruin it all. Also need to watch for other chickens in your flock, I have lost a few older hens and roosters to not getting rid of the young roosters before they reach maturity.
     
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  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I have 2 of my original hens that will be 5 in a few weeks. I haven't seen them lay an egg in over a year:( One is a RIR and the other a BO. Neither ever go broody since I've had them either:( slackers!!!
     
  5. dashay moore

    dashay moore New Egg

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    i did some resaerach and it proves that chinckens live up to 15 years if they are healthy
     
  6. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    How large was your sample? Can you describe your research methodology? Oh & how did you establish a control group. Please answer, I'm dying to hear more about your "research".
     
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  7. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear... I go to college in a year and a half, and i will have a total of 20 some birds this year. Hmmm. I'm the only one in the house who cares or wanted chickens.. Well. My little brothers are going to have to lean the art of chickens :) I thought they lived 3,4,5 years max.... :rolleyes::p
     
  8. Plucketeer

    Plucketeer New Egg

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    We've got four parrots - one's been with us 28 years now. Another hatched in our home 21 years ago. The others are just youngsters.
     
  9. monteverde

    monteverde Out Of The Brooder

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    Are you sure it was the same goldfish? I've heard rumors of goldfish being replaced to avoid the heartbreak of losing a pet. :)
     
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  10. i think your talking about a koi some live longer than humans
     

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