How long do chickens live?

cgar

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May 12, 2009
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I realize there are a lot of variables but is there a typical length of life? I've got three lovely Buff Orpingtons and just wonder how long we might be able to enjoy those very three...
 

patandchickens

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It is really unpredictable. Assuming totally-perfect protection from predators and healthy living conditions, a lot of chickens make it to 4 or 5, some but not many to 8 or 10, and extremely rare individuals to 15 or more. The oldest chicken I've ever heard of was 20.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

cgar

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May 12, 2009
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Thanks - it is good to have a general feel for what is likely. What an ADVENTURE!
 

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