Official BYC Poll: How Old Is / Was Your Oldest Chicken?

How Old Is / Was Your Oldest Chicken?

  • 0-3 years

    Votes: 100 36.4%
  • 4-7 years

    Votes: 86 31.3%
  • 8-11 years

    Votes: 55 20.0%
  • 12-15 years

    Votes: 26 9.5%
  • 16-19 years

    Votes: 4 1.5%
  • 20 years and older

    Votes: 3 1.1%
  • I don't keep chickens yet

    Votes: 1 0.4%

  • Total voters

BYC Project Manager

BYC Staff
Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Feb 22, 2009
For this poll, we are curious to see the age ranges of our members' flocks as well as get an idea of the "lifespan" of the older chickens in our community.

How Old Is / Was Your Oldest Chicken? Place your votes above and feel free to share his/her exact age and your experiences in the comments section below.

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Folly's place

9 Years
Sep 13, 2011
southern Michigan
I've had three hens who lived to ten years of age. Two were very small black Jersey Giants, and one was a Belgian d'Uccle. Currently my oldest hen is five years old, another Belgian d'Uccle.
We've had losses to predation, reproductive issues, and some birds move to other homes. Our roosters can't stay forever and continually breed their offspring, so many of them are rehomed after a few years.

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