How long do they live?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pixie12, May 7, 2009.

  1. pixie12

    pixie12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    We're new to chickens. If they live out their lives as pets, low long will that be? I've heard 8 years or so. Anyone had any live this long, or longer? How are they in their golden years?

    Thanks.
     
  2. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I have a friend who had/has a couple who were/are 7 years old. They still lay when they want to.
     
  3. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    There is a woman on here... can't remember her username, but she's from Australia or somewhere overseas, I believe... and she had a hen that lived to be something like 17 years. [​IMG]

    Anyone remember that thread?
     
  4. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard of pet chickens living up to 12 years, but 8 years is the average.
    commercial layers only make it to 3 or 4 years.
    They start slowing down on laying eggs around 3 years, but they can keep laying them for several years after that,but it wont be in a set pattern like when they are younger.
     

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