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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EricMd01, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. EricMd01

    EricMd01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone. I mainly want to keep my chicks as pets. Sure, I'll probably collect eggs but no KFC for them here(my daughter doesnt eat meat and would skin me before she'd let me eat her birds lol). I was wondering a couple things. How long will they live and what's the best way to extend their longevity?
     
  2. Araucana16

    Araucana16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best way to extend their longevity... don't eat them (well... duh!), feed them well, keep the coop safe from predators, keep them stress free, know how to cure illnesses... Basically, knowledge! [​IMG]

    As for how long... some birds don't make it past a year; the breed wasn't intended for that. Other breeds, like Wyandottes, make it past 10 years.
     
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  3. AmyWho

    AmyWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you going to be keeping them indoors, or out?
    If they're outdoors without an additional light, they'll often live longer. Some folks will provide a light in the coop during the winter to keep them laying through the shorter days...that not only cuts short their years of laying, but also their lives. It's hard on their little bodies.
     
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  4. EricMd01

    EricMd01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely outdoors. Thank you both for your advice!
     

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