How long do broiler chickens live? As pets

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Indianroosta, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Indianroosta

    Indianroosta In the Brooder

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    I have 3 broiler chickens all 9 weeks old. They don't look fully big, they are yoing and they chirp, I just give rice, grains and scraps as food. And they are very active. May be after it grows fully matured, i might free range it around the house. I'm not planning to kill them for meat at all. I want to know how long they will live like this :/
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    I don't know which ones you have. Cornish Rock Cross usually are mature by 9 weeks. They can live to about 1 year. I had one that almost went that long. Long story, but I acquired her as a rescue. I only keep chickens as pets also. Red rangers are slower growing broilers. Not sure how long they may live but I doubt much longer than 2 years. Just my thoughts, since I did not have that breed. Broilers are not really friendly/cuddly as chicken pets. They are basically eating machines developed that way to grow fast and provide food for the grocery store freezers.
    You have what you have.... Can I suggest for your next set of pets to try bantams. I keep both, and just LUV my banties.
    WISHING YOU BEST and..... :welcome
     
  3. All broiler breeds are cross breeds of some intensely inbred stock that was selected and developed to mature FAST and pass this trait on to their offspring. I can't see your chickens DNA from where I am sitting but most real broiler chicks don't live long. They Like most of the back yard laying breeds have a long pedigree of deep inbreeding. In backyard flocks things like feathers, combs, plumage colors, etc are usually manipulated for Human benefit or so called beauty and the same is true for broiler-fryer chickens only with different goals in mind.

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  4. Indianroosta

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    I bought the chicks on the streets and they are pretty friendly :p and very active. I had to keep swings and branches on the coop for it to perch on it. Since I keep them in a coop now, I don't get to play with them as there are cats around meowing. Lol. May be I should play with them today on the terrace! Thanks for reminding me somehow :) :v
     
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    Indianroosta In the Brooder

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  6. Indianroosta

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    This is one of the chicken. 9 weeks old. Still not fully matured
     

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  7. Kme21

    Kme21 In the Brooder

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    We originally bought 4 broilers with the intent to butcher them. Three of the grew so fast that they had heart attacks and I quickly realized that I wouldn't have been able to kill them anyways. Our sweet "Hooch" is still left as our free ranging broiler. She's 8 months old and I have to lift her in and out of the coop every night, but she's worth it. She is so fast and a great egg producer. We adore her!
     
  8. Saaniya

    Saaniya Crowing

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    Broiler can live long like Cornish cross can live about 20 years if care by a good owner I know people who have Cornish cross for about 10 years ..

    Only good Care diet is needed
     
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  9. HeiHeisMom

    HeiHeisMom Songster

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    We also have a white broiler who is now 7 months old. She is an excellent layer and Queen of the 'A' flock.
    She has been bred with Our RIR Roo and their chick is larger than those it's age, and a gorgeous yellowish- IMG_20181016_120055.jpg beige and grey spotted chick. IMG_20181012_171142.jpg
    The chick seems a little skittish now that they are in coop full time. But very Sweet!
     
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  10. HeiHeisMom

    HeiHeisMom Songster

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    Ours were bought by accident. We were told they were buffs...
    But I learned so much and loved so much, there's no regrets.
    We had a Roo that hit 20 lbs! HeiHei was Huge! He lived to 5 months. His Queen, Penny was 16 lbs.
    Allison hit 12.5 and all we're very active.
    Penny and HeiHei died the same say, Allison a month later at almost 7 months.
    Reese was the runt at 9 lbs. She's almost 8 months old now and is still very active. She's an excellent layer and other than not being able to fly she doesn't think she's any different from the other hens❤️
     

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