How long does the average chicken live??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by safarichick101, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Songster

    Sep 1, 2009
    College Station TX
    Provided they don't get diseases and such.

  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Good Q? I wanna know too considering most wind up in a pot for supper before they get old enough to die naturally.
  3. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Ive heard of some living to 9 years or so. My oldest is probably 4 (ish...)
  4. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Songster

    Sep 1, 2009
    College Station TX
    K good! I have some going on 2 and I'm getting a little worried. :S Sometimes mine will die for no reason. 1 got really sick and weak and the other 2 just died unexpectadly.

  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    The AVERAGE Chicken lives less than a Year since Most Broilers are finished before 3 months of age, and Laying hens are disposed of after thier peak efficiency, so they last only slightly more than a year. Those that are raised as Backyard Flock Birds make up a very small percentage in the chicken world, so the few OLD birds hardly effect the average age of chickens. [​IMG]
  6. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Songster

    About half of my flock contains birds over 4 years old. Most of mine seem to make it to 8 or 9. I have an old one-eyed sussex with no leg scales, and missing 1/2 a toe (Due to her previous owners neglect of scaley leg mite) that I think is between 7-9 years old. She was elderly when I found her, and I've had her for about 3 years. I have heard that they can live into thier twenties, but none of mine have lived that long. Also, does anyone know if bantams are more long lived? Like little dogs live longer than big ones?
  7. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I read one post on BYC that said one chicken was 10 years old. I do not know if she still laid eggs or not. Their production begins to decline more rapidly after their 3rd year it seems.[​IMG]

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Bantymum had a chicken named Goldie who lived to 17 years old.

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