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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ccrecelius, Jul 21, 2008.
What is the average life-span of a chicken?
Chickens in small flocks live several years if conditions are correct. A life span of 6-8 years may not be unreasonable. Most commercial layers are kept for 2-3 years.
Thank you! I am getting attached to these little things and just wanted to know how long I can expect to have them around!
bantymum has a hen 17 yrs old.
My grandma says that she has had chickens live for 10+ years.
Mine are just 6 months old. I guess they have a lot of living yet to do.
Do they lay eggs when they get older?
They can and do, but it does slow down and can almost stop. I believe bantymum's hen laid one at 16yo.
Most mine rotate though at 4 years or so, but I've kept a favorite for 7 before a coon got it. Into the teens is not unusual for a well kept bird that has had a luckly lease on life and isn't eaten by human or preds.
this is a fun almost-answer to your question!
Quote:I am reading this right now, and I have another questions:
feather legged birds must be banded? I have cochins. Am I supposed to do something to their legs?
Seems like everything happens in 20's with chickens. Hatch at 20 - 21 days, lay at 20 weeks, and are good layers til 20 months. Interesting. Maybe start laying golden eggs if they make to 20 years?!?!?!