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average life span question.....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Nance, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Nance

    Nance Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    What is the average life span of a standard rhode island red hen? Just curious.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Chickens can live up to 15-20 years old, but that is rare. Most die of disease or predators before then. I would hazard a guess that the average age might be about 3 years old?
    Maybe others can chime in with their experience.

  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Chickens will live for ever if something doesn't eat them. I've had them live up to about 15 years until they were killed by predators. They don't really seem to age that much if they are kept healthy. Parasites, diseases and stress can take their toll but if a chicken is kept free of them they will go on without many problems for years. They won't lay many eggs though. If you rhode island hen stays away from predators, has a good diet and keeps healthy you can expect 15+ years.
  4. Nance

    Nance Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    Wow that's great! Thanks you guys. Appreciate your comments. I sure hope mine live that long.
  5. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    You know that you have 3 boys and 2 girls ,right?
  6. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Your chickens are cute but is that a little smart car in the back???? What's it like??????????????? I love those, but on the interstate:eek: How is it to drive? What kind of gas mileage do you get? We live in the land of extreme weather so I don't think it's the car for us but I just love those little things. ps. I agree you have 3 roos and 2 pullets. very pretty.
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    They should live fine, may want to either rehome 2 boys or get about 20 more girls tho...
  8. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    In my experience, most of my standard laying hens have made it to around 7-9 years old, whereas my bantams anywhere from 10-?? years old. I have four hens right now that are twelve or thirteen and still doing excellent. You would never guess they were that old. Keep your chickens healthy, away from predators, and they should have a decent several years ahead of them. [​IMG]
  9. james93

    james93 New Egg

    Apr 3, 2015
    How can you tell the sex of a rhode island red hen?

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