How long do your chickens live?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bawkbawkbawk, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. 1 - 2 years

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  2. 2 - 3 years

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  3. 3 - 4 years

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  4. 4 - 5 years

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  5. 5- 6 years

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  6. 6 - 7 years

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  7. 7 years or longer

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  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just read about the amazing rescue of Reva the Revenant this week:

    https://polloplayer.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/taken-abawk-chickens-beat-the-odds/

    and I started thinking about how long chickens live.They say that the average lifespan of a chicken is 5-7 years. Of the dozen or so hens I've had over the past seven years, only one has achieved that milestone. Some have been lost to predators but others have succumbed to a variety of known or unknown causes. Do I just have a bad track record? How long do your birds live? Do you think egg laying or size of the bird has something to do with it?

    I just had my first hen make it to her fifth birthday and she is a bantam - do smaller birds tend to live longer? Do certain breeds live longer than others?

    Wondering what others' experiences have been...
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most of mine make it to 4-8. I haven't yet had any live past 9.

    I haven't noticed any difference in my bantam verse large breeds, except my bantam roosters would live longer and my large breeds would die by 4, I realized my bantam were never fed layer but the large breed were. So now no one gets layer.

    I would say roughly half die by 4, a quarter by 6, and another quarter go on longer.
     

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