We have 2 hens. They are both 5 years old. One of them had to go to the vet (first visit ever) and she said that this is one of the oldest chickens she has ever seen. I thought average age for "pet" chickens was 5 to 8 years. I admit, when we noticed how old they have become it was a shock and it breaks my heart to think they may be nearing the end. It doesn't help that one is suddenly lame and the other one was panting tonight. (My husband thinks it was stress from the hospital coop.). So, my question tonight is simple. I realize its poor form to ask a lady her age, but how old are your girls?