Longevity of Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stevejr, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. stevejr

    stevejr Hatching

    Nov 6, 2009
    How many years, or cycles, will the average chicken lay for? I have 3 RIR's that are over a year and I wasn't sure how many more seasons to expect them to lay for.


  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Starts to fall off after the second year. At 6 years, if still alive, they still give you one every now and then. And they are still cute.
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    3 and 4 year old hens often have periods of 3 - 5 eggs, then take 4 or 5 days "off" before the next bunch begins.
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    2 or 3 good years. 1 or 2 ok years. Then eggs start to become uncommon. Most who are really concentrating on egg production replace their hens after 2 to 3 years and at least by 4 years. A chicken will live quite awhile though if they are kept safe and not culled for lack of eggs. Some people have 8-10year old chickens.

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