life expectancy of chickens

evergreen1

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Anybody knows how long can chickens and roosters live? anyone on here has chickens that are over 5 years old?
 

delisha

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Oct 13, 2012
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My oldest chicken is 7. I only keep them if they are producing. If she keeps producing I will let you know. She still lays 5 eggs a week. She slows down twice a year and is approaching her winter slow period. She will probably slow to an egg a week through the winter. She is a Buff Orpington cross. she looks her age, and she is in full molt and still laying every day. I would love 5 more like her.
 

EggGardener

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We have a 5 1/2 year old Light Brahma hen. She's still active and laying. Our backyard flock is small, but in thinking of it, I've never lost a chicken to old age.

They free range & my losses have been from injury (dog attack, she lived a year after it but was never the same), or predators (raccoons and foxes mostly). The Light Brahma sticks close to home, which helps explain her 'luck.'
 

donrae

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I've had hatchery birds in the 7 year range. They were quite healthy and did lay eggs, not a ton but did still lay. I gave them away because my entire flock was aging and I was spending too much on feed for the return I had.

I had some hatchery roosters also make it to 7 years or so. I have to say, older roosters are such gentlemen!
 

aoxa

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Aug 8, 2011
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I've had hatchery birds in the 7 year range. They were quite healthy and did lay eggs, not a ton but did still lay. I gave them away because my entire flock was aging and I was spending too much on feed for the return I had.

I had some hatchery roosters also make it to 7 years or so. I have to say, older roosters are such gentlemen!
I definitely agree! The older the better :D

They aren't as randy, and really take care of those girls :love
 

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