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


Jan 26, 2020
I’ve never had any chickens live to be very old, but I have a friend who raises chickens, and they have what I believe was an Ameraucana hen that was 20 years old! I haven’t heard of her for awhile, so I’m not sure if the hen is still alive. The hen looked old, she had bad eyes, and walked around very slowly, but for being 20 years she was rocking it. The hen was given to my friend by her grandpa who has since passed, so she is very special to them. I told my friend back then she might just beat the record for oldest hen! I’ll have to ask her to see if the hen is still alive.

Egg Snatcher

May 11, 2020
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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Here’s my oldest chickens! They’ll be 3 this year! I have two buff hens that will be 3 too.


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5 Years
Apr 24, 2015
I grew up with a mixed breed hen named Pepper at my Grandmothers farm. Very unique colored hen who was a mother to many broods of chicks in early years. Long story short, after divorce in family, wasn’t able to go to the farm anymore...but last I saw her she was going on 13 years old. That’s the oldest chicken I personally knew.
We adopted some hens I knew at their original home since they were hatchlings. They are about 6 years old now. My oldest hand-raised entirely by us is my little hen Chicken Hawk, who is 4 this year.

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