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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicksinthemachine, Jul 25, 2008.
How long do chickens live?
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.
I don't know that I would consider myself an "old hand" but this is one of the best sites I've seen... found it on here somewhere.
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.
According to what I've read they can live up to 20 years. That's an awful long time!
Bantymum just lost her 17 yr old hen...here is a link.
Thanks everyone definitly will check out those sites.
Quote:Depends on how mean they are!
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.
LOL I got one that may be going to a swap meet or freezer camp if he doesn't change his way!
My wife and I were just having this conversation this evening. Thanks for the info!