Natural life expectancy?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by clairabean, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    How long do chickens last in a normal, farm raised, somewhat 'spoiled' life? If you were to let nature take it's course?

    How old ws your oldest chicken? And do roos live longer than egg producing hens?

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  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

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    I have read up to 15 years.....
     
  3. saladin

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    I've had cocks that were at least 15 years. Not spoiled though: that is the fastest way to kill anything and there is nothing Natural about it.
     
  4. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Somewhat spoiled to me = loved, protected, healthy free range, greens to eat, talked to. Healthy, happy. NO junk to eat, NO house, NO spoiled rotten kind of things. Just healthy, happy, loving.
     
  5. saladin

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    With your definition: I'd count on 8-10 years.

    As they age the winters get harder and harder on them. Your from BC: I'd think 8-10 would be good, but maybe some of the Canadians on site could give a better answer.

    Here in the South, it is the summers that are the hardest on them, but I don't think nearly as hard as your winters.
     
  6. saladin

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    Wet weather is also very hard on chickens: almost, dare I say, as hard on them as winter weather.
     

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