Lifespan of a Polish Chicken?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bleenie, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    My mother did some work for some people a while back and ended up taking a Buff Laced Polish Hen in exchange for the work instead of cash, she just felt bad for the girl and has a soft spot for Polishes. when she got the girl she was kind of plucked and her crest had been "trimmed". She has finally gwn back her beard and she had laid a couple eggs since being on the farm.... one teeny, long one and another HUGE double-yolker, that's all.

    She is kept in good health and seems to be at a decent weight. we dusted her when we did the rest of the flock so she's free of mites/lice. We haven't done our yearly worming yet but i don't believe she has worms. She sleeps A LOT though, and usually her favorite place to sit is on top of the Flock Block(treat block) so she can grab a snack when she gets hungry or in the tomatoes to sleep. She is Always in the coop before everyone else and the last to come out in the morning. I have also noticed that she doesn't do very well on chilly mornings(like just misty), I have had to move her into the brooding shed to get warmed up a couple times.

    We all really like this pretty girl but we also think she is actually pretty up in years. So now we're wondering what the average lifespan is for this kind of chicken, we're all going to be quite sad when she goes but i am thinking she has maybe another year or so with us.

  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would think it would be the same as most give or take a year or so 10 years and under?
  3. LottieDa

    LottieDa Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Boise, ID
    I don't know the answer to your questions but just wanted to say, she sure is pretty!
  4. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    a place
    Same as most chickens, anywhere from 5 to 10 years. [​IMG]
  5. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    From your description, it seems to me that she may actually be sick. Egg bound, possibly? She doesn't look old, but neither does my 6yr old buff laced polish hen. I would post this under health forum, get some advice on how to diagnose her.
  6. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    I have 4 and 5 year old BL Polish. They aren't laying anymore, but are still as feisty as ever!

    I agree she may be sick or egg bound.
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yep, normally chickens should last beyond 8 years, however they often die before 4 years due to issues like eggbound or other illnesses.

    She sure was pretty - Polish are always precious. [​IMG]
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I will give her a close checking over, I know her vent looked okay when we dusted them and i don't recall feeling anything funny in her abdomen but i wasn't exactly looking either.

    Thank you all, I will post there about her.
  9. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Feather-wise she looks good now, but her eyes look old, if that makes sense. My mother & sister have said the same thing when they were over too. Do chickens age? or maybe she's just stressed from somethign going on inside [​IMG]

  10. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's


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