longivity

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ccrecelius, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the average life-span of a chicken?
     
  2. kkm

    kkm Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
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  3. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I am getting attached to these little things and just wanted to know how long I can expect to have them around! [​IMG]
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    bantymum has a hen 17 yrs old.
     
  5. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

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  6. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they lay eggs when they get older?
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    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.
     
  8. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is a fun almost-answer to your question! [​IMG]
     
  9. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  10. ccrecelius

    ccrecelius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?!?!?! [​IMG]
     

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