How old is your oldest chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Carols Clucks, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,790
    21
    153
    Oct 13, 2010
    How old is your oldest chicken?

    How old is the oldest one you ever had?

    Our good old rooster is really slowing down, napping on the job regularly, he is good old guy but I am afraid he is not going to be around too much longer. We don't know his actual age, but my son's don't remember what moms place was like before him. He is many years older than our dog.

    He is at least a teenager, some where I have a photo of my 24 year old son under 5th grade holding him.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    36,142
    7,909
    646
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    We got my oldest hen when my son was a baby and he'll be 6 next month. I don't know how old she was when we got her, but she was laying already. She hatched out some chicks a few weeks ago. And she still lays regularly when she's not broody.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Though I was around chickens as a kid on my grandfather's farm, I didn't have any of my own until many years after my husband retired from the military and we moved up to the mountains.

    My oldest is the last remaining hen from my original ten hens, Sunny. She is 6 1/2 years old and hasn't laid in a year and a half. (Sunny is a hatchery hen)

    I incubated my first batch the following year to add to the flock, so the next in age would be my Blue Orp rooster, Suede, my Buff Orp/RIR cross Meg, and a hatchery Buff Brahma, Caroline, all of whom are now over 5 1/2 years old; two months younger than Suede are two Barred Rock hens, Becca and Amanda. All those hens mentioned, except Sunny, of course, are still laying regularly right now.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2012
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    5,381
    131
    303
    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I'm not really sure how old she is, but I have one Buff Orp who is somewhere between six and seven years old. Rarely lays, but she's still getting out and doing her chicken things every day.
     
  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    2,087
    107
    251
    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    My oldest is a silkie rooster named Morticai. He turned 9 in May. He can still hold his ground with the younger roosters and still loves the ladies. I'm getting ready to start writing his obituary, which will be a long one. Hopefully he'll be around for many years to come.
     
  6. ejctm

    ejctm Chillin' With My Peeps

    466
    4
    131
    Apr 25, 2009
    VILLAGE IN THE SHIRES
    i have 3 red sex links who are 5 years old and lay every day still. They come and sit on my lap and are super lovely.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by