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How old is your oldest chicken?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gotchickenbawks, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. gotchickenbawks

    gotchickenbawks New Egg

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    Just wanted to know how long chickens live from peoples experience. Post pics! [​IMG]
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on average about 10 years but some live to be way older and then others may get sick and only live 4-5 years.
     
  3. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    My oldest chicken was almost 15 years old. She was also my first chicken! She died a couple years ago.

    More commonly, my birds live about 7 or so years, sometimes a bit less or a bit more.
     
  4. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    The oldest I have now are 5.
    I lost one hen at 3 years old (ovarian cancer I believe) and two others were 4 when they died.

    I believe genetics have a lot to do with how old they live too. It seems that certain hatchery breeds weren't made to live passed a certain age. Like Production Reds and those sorts of breeds.

    I hope to have a chicken live as old as @Chickerdoodle13 bird managed to. 15 years is quite the milestone for a chicken.

    What was her aging secret? :lol:
    (My hens want to know...)
     
  6. below_gravity

    below_gravity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a coming 9 year old RIR and BO. I thought they were old! Im impressed with these teenagers.

    I have lost several birds around 5-6, so I thought that that might be a typical turning point for chickens?
     
  7. OrganizedChaos0

    OrganizedChaos0 New Egg

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    Our hens seem to average out at 15/16 years old.
    Buffs, Australorps, Silkies.
    The ones that didn't live very were the Cornish crosses, they died at 4 years old, which I stikl understand is old for that particular breed.
     
  8. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours was 6 or 7
     

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