Chicken Longevity

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texas_chick, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are pet lovers and I am guessing our chickens will be here until they die of a heart attack. But I still want eggs in a few years so I thought I just start with 4 chicks and then when they retire in 3 years or so I can get 3 more, etc.

    Does that sound reasonable?
    I read somewhere chickens live to be about 10 years. Is that normal.
    Of the 4 chicks on average how many will still be alive in 3 years, 6 years, etc?

    Should I get more to start out with?
    I just don't want to have more than 6 or 7 at any one time. But I also don't want to have just retirees and no eggs!
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  2. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    I don't know how long your will live, but my 14 1/2 year old hen just died this winter. I had an 11 year old hen that was stolen-not sure how old she would have gotten.
     
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so sorry that your hen was stolen - what a rotten egg whoever did that. Poor thing [​IMG]

    The lifespans vary so much it is hard to say. I had a perfectly healthy looking and acting hen who died of a heart attack before her 2nd birthday - it was heartbreaking. Yet my roo is somewhere around 8 and going strong [​IMG]

    JJ
     
  4. apukanski

    apukanski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they still lay eggs after 5 years?
     
  5. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your hen as well, they usually live 10-15 years. Can live longer if extremely well kept.
     
  6. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They will lay up to 7 or 8 years, but each year the amount layed decreases by 20 percent.
     
  7. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, when do they stop laying?
     
  8. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Master (hm that sounds weird),
    I posted my question when you posted your answer! [​IMG]
     

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