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Chicken life span

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicksinthemachine, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do chickens live?
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    The listed life span is around 8 years but some layers burn out early at 2-3 years and others can exceed 8 years. Maybe one of the old hands will give you better info.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    always changing
    I have hens that are 6 years old now, and still lay eggs. My friend had a hen live to be 15 years old, at that age it still laid about a dozen eggs a year.
     
  5. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    According to what I've read they can live up to 20 years. That's an awful long time!
     
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    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

  7. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone definitly will check out those sites.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Depends on how mean they are! [​IMG]

    But seriously, we have had chickens on family farms go into their teens while others only live to 5 or 6. I have only seen one hen that was laying well into the late teens.
     
  9. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I got one that may be going to a swap meet or freezer camp if he doesn't change his way!
     
  10. farmerpalermo

    farmerpalermo New Egg

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    My wife and I were just having this conversation this evening. Thanks for the info!
     

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