How long do they live?

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

  1. pixie12

    pixie12 In the Brooder

    May 2, 2009

    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?


  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 Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    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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