I take them outside every single day but I live in an area with foxes and bears so I cant let them free range, I will de-worm them every year and I feed the fruits, veggies, and organic grit for chicks, they are 7 weeks old.Are your hens free range? Do you plan on deworming each year at least? What brand/formula of food do you give them? These things can affect lifespan. I have read that heritage breeds like Barred Rocks can live up to 15 years if they have a healthy environment! I have a 6 yo Welsummer I’m hoping makes it that long. I’m not sure of the life expectancy of Easter Eggers, but this information may be in the Learning Center under the breed catalogue. Our Easter Egger is 4 years old, but still acts like a fussy teenager chicken
I take them outside every single day but I live in an area with foxes and bears so I cant let them free range, I will de-worm them every year and I feed the fruits, veggies, and organic grit for chicks, they are 7 weeks old.
I've never had chickens that live very long. Most of mine live an average of 4.5 years. But this is buff Orpingtons and they apparently have a lower life expectancy than most breeds. I have always hoped to have a chicken live until a nice ripe old age, but, as of yet, that hasn't happened.
I am feeling decidedly hopeful about my oldest hen at the moment however, as she is full of beans still.
Thank you guys for the help!Hard to say. There are people on BYC that have the occasional 10 yo bird! Others (such as myself) have gone out to the run to a suddenly dead chicken at 1 yo, not due to any attack, just dead from something internal, I guess. My oldest chickens are 2.5 years old, so the longetivity of ours have yet to be seen.
as they age, the often stop laying or lay only occasionally. Some are fine keeping older chickens and feeding them without getting eggs. Others are not, so they sell or butcher the older ones.