flock age and health

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Afterburner, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Afterburner

    Afterburner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2010
    Vancouver, WA
    Recently, yesterday to be exact, I lost my 2.5 year old PR hen. She died suddenly. The rest of my flock is 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 years old. As a general rule, is my flock reaching an age where death is becoming increasingly likely? The reason is, I am wondering if it may be getting time to renew teh entirte flock instead of just getting a pair of new hens.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They should live a few more years, but laying will slow or may even stop in an individual. I believe they generally live 8 to 10 years. I would guess the PR had some sort of medical problem, maybe a heart attack or stroke, a cancer, etc., or an undetected problem with the egg laying system.

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