How long do chickens live?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by livingrn, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. livingrn

    livingrn Chirping

    Feb 25, 2008
    Although I'm sure alot of you are shaking your head at this question, it is one that I haven't come across in my research. I'm VERY new to this website and love it. I have (10) day-olds coming in 3 weeks and I'm happy as an adoptive parent! Any insight would really be appreciated!
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    commercials live a miserable life for about 1 1/2 years.

    Pet chickens live to be about 15 years if they are healthy and lucky.
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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yep, pet chickens can live up to 15 even 20 years if they make it though all the dangers in life.

    They are "snacks" to a huge range of predators.

    Often carry genetics that do not confer longivity, such as the propensity to have tumors and cancer or other health problems because parents were all bred young and no selection for longer life has taken place

    Can be susceptible to sickness as they age.

    However, with the right care and living in fort knox, they should easily get into their teens IF they do not come down with tumors or other health issues before then.

    Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy your new babies!
  4. allenacres

    allenacres In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Shelton, WA
    wow I didnt know chickens lived that long! Adding to the living question, how long will they lay?
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I think the first 2 years great
    3 year very good
    4th and 5th fair
    by that time your so attached to them who cares....but they do lay some
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  6. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    What Tiki said is more or less true for production type birds. Good heritage breeds are consistent much longer, but tend to lay fewer eggs annually than their commercial counterparts in their early years.

    Nothing unusual to find a ten year old heritage breed that is still an egg every second or third day bird.
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  7. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    this is so good to know! i would LOVE to have a chicken live to be 15 or 20 years old!!!
    the eggs are incidental. it's the adorability that i think is fabulous.
  8. my buff orpington Goldilocks is 17 this year and she still lays a very special egg every now and then.
    She is starting to look haggard right now though so ill be giving her some extra special attention.
    Have fun with your new chicks, ill bet you are excited.
    Remember to post when you get your first precious EGG!
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  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Oh my gosh. I always thought they lived 10-12 years.

    It is going to cost a fortune to keep my 59 chickens in feed when they stop laying. I already have 14 that are five and a half years old, and 11 that are over four years old. No way I will eat them...

    I will be running the Allen Wranch for geriatric chickens from my wheel chair...
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  10. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Quote:Haha! Me too! Me too! Actually, I won't be very old when my babies die. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2008

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