Chicken Life-expectancy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pixiechick, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. pixiechick

    pixiechick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    How old do layer chickens typically live? I know egg production drops off after about three.
  2. Nupine

    Nupine Songster

    Nov 21, 2007
    A well cared for chicken can live to 25. But 10 is pretty good. Ducks can live to be maybe 25 or 30. A goose may live to 40 or more, but the oldest was 101!! Amazing huh!!!!!
  3. Anne

    Anne Songster

    Feb 11, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Chickens can live for a good long time, but they are so prone to predators and disease that they often don't. My oldest hen was 13 when she died of "natural causes" (died suddenly with no signs of illness).

    EDIT: I should probably add that, at the age of 13, she was still laying the occasional egg.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008

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