I have 3 retired Barnevelder gals (Hedwig, Buckbeak, and Samantha) that I believe are around 7 years old. We got them the end of 2017 from a neighbor who said they were a "few years old" at that point. So I"m not totally sure their actual ages. They don't lay anymore and starting getting a little slow and rickety when they walked and therefore were getting picked on in the big coop. So, I moved them into one of my bantam coops with one of my sweet little silkie roos, a silkie hen, and a tiny serama hen and the 6 of them get on just perfectly! I love watching them lounge and relax and enjoy their golden years together.