Life span

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by henry3, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. henry3

    henry3 In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    Can anyone tell me, how long to hens generally live, and, is there anyway of telling the age of a chook? I am interested to know if they lay for their whole lives or do they have a chicken menopause?
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Most breeds start to slow down after two years, but there are always the exceptions and I've heard of hens laying fairly regularly up into the 8-10 yr. old range. A lot of folks maintain laying flocks not overbred by hatcheries will lay steadily up to 4-5 years before tapering off.

    As far as telling the age of a, that, I do not know! [​IMG] You could always check her teeth.... [​IMG]

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