how long do chickens live on average

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by oceanbird, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. oceanbird

    oceanbird In the Brooder

    May 11, 2007
    I have year old chickens I didn't get any chicks this year because I started with 6 chicks and they are all still alive ( even the one that got attacked by a dog) and that is the total number I would like to have.

    Should I get chicks again next year so we always have some egg layers and how long can I expect my chickens to live?[​IMG]
  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have a friend who keeps eight chickens. She doesn't want more than 8--so every yr. she kills and eats one of the older chickens and adds a new one to the bunch.. She says it only cuts her eggs by a tiny bit. It seems like a lot of work for just one chick but she thinks it wonderful. Dixie
  3. Hens will never lay as heavy as their firdt year of production. But they will still keep laying. Your birds could esily live 6 to 7 years plus....
  4. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    7-15 years is the natural lifespan of a chicken

    6 weeks for a broiler,
    12-23 months for a laying hen
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2008

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