How long can a hen live?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sonia, May 27, 2008.

  1. Sonia

    Sonia Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    SE Oklahoma
    I have seen many many posts on what age you can put them out, when they start laying ect ect ect, but I was wondering how long a well cared for hen will live? If breed matters I'm most interested in Barred rocks. However I'd be interested in hearing about any of your senior citizens hens or roos.
  2. OkapisRule

    OkapisRule Songster

    Oct 24, 2007
    Northern georgia
    Mine's 6 and still going strong, though she got scared out of laying awhile ago. She's a Rhode Island Red. I've heard of chickens getting in the teens, so they definitely can live for a very long time.
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I'm not the expert here, but I've heard that there are 20 year old chickens, but that most could live 7 years if they are well cared for and don't get ovarian cancer.
  4. Sonia

    Sonia Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    SE Oklahoma
    So I just might get to keep my little penguin around for a bit then. Anyone else have a senior? (pics and stories are of course encouraged!)
    Last edited: May 27, 2008
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    BantyMum has a 16 year old bird.

    Obelisk just turned 5 this Monday.
  6. GaDawg

    GaDawg Songster

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    they live till they


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