How long do chickens live?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tabatha_westcott, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do the hens usually lay?
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've heard of chickens living to as old as 18 years old.

    How long they lay depends on if they are forced to lay year round or not, via increased lighting over winter. I have a friend who has hens ranging 8-10 years old and they still lay a random egg now and then.
     
  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think my Banty Roosters are immortal. [​IMG] [​IMG] They are going over 10 years now and still just as fertile as the young roos !!!! I also have hens that lay just fine at this age also !
     

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