How Long do chickens and Roosters live?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Hinky429, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Hinky429

    Hinky429 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2011
    Just how long do these lovely little creatures live? Ours are "pets" and aren't under any stress to produce or lay. they are living the Good life.....[​IMG]
  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    pittsburgh, PA
    A well treated chicken can live upwards of 8 years....sometimes even up to 20. [​IMG]

    Edited for typo [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2011
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I have heard 8 is the average.My RSL hen died at 2 1/2.No idea on the cause.From what I read egg production slows at the third year.We just have one RSL left , 5 EE, and a roo. Hoping they last atleast 5 years even with less eggs.
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    The breed and type of chicken can play a major part in the life span. Of course other conditions apply as well. For example: housing, treatment, diet, stress, illnesses, hereditary conditions, deformities (seen and unseen), quality, etc. It is never set in stone how long a chicken will live, but typically meat breeds live the shortest, egg layers and dual purposes are in the middle, and more wild types (like games) the longest under ideal conditions. From chick to adult could be anywhere from 0 days old to 20+ years old.
  5. Henny peeny

    Henny peeny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    can you tell how old a chicken is, I have a rooster he was a adult when I got him he is from the original 3 chcikens I first had, I say he is older then dirt but is there some way to tell like a dog has gray around the muzzle for example is there something to see for a older chicken



    Anyone can tell me, he is the perfect rooster looks after his girlfriend and calls when he finds something and has never tried to attack me no matter how many times I had to take his girlfriend from him to treat or just look at.

    these are pictures I have.


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