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
    275

tcfoster

Songster
May 21, 2018
104
175
126
Murphys, CA (Sierra Nevada foothills)
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.
 

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Birdsonghill

Songster
Feb 1, 2021
102
356
123
West Tennessee
My oldest in 46 years of raising birds, was a White Crested Black Polish Hen, she made it into 12 years! Three of her sisters made it to ten years. Usually, I have replaced /eaten birds, before 4 or 5 , if they lived that long. I have not usually allowed my birds to die of old age. Others may of lived longer, if not for me culling or some accident/predator killing them. My runner up was an Ameraucana hen, also 10 years, taken by an owl. They were all pets.
 

tcfoster

Songster
May 21, 2018
104
175
126
Murphys, CA (Sierra Nevada foothills)
I think my oldest chicken is 6 years old, that's when I got 4 barred rock hens, and I think I still have at least one of them. I had a rooster that was 5 years old, he just died a few days ago. :(He was one of my oldest, here is a picture of him. View attachment 2540935
Aw, he's gorgeous! Fly high buddy!
 

Xouie

Crowing
Jun 11, 2020
957
3,651
306
SF Bay Area
My parents’ big yellow rooster, KFC, lived over 20 years. Crowed under my bedroom window every single morning til I was out of the house. Then he moved to my little sister’s window til she graduated and moved out. Then on to the youngest one. But he would come crow outside whatever room I slept in whenever I visited. In the end his bright yellow feathers had faded quite a bit, but that predawn crow stayed ear-splitting to the very end.
 

Marti B

Chirping
Jan 4, 2021
15
69
59
Tennessee
My oldest is a beautiful, spitfire hen who's given me quite a few scares. She's my favorite hen, with more character than the rest of the flock combined - including the turkeys!
She's gonna be three next month, making her the oldest chicken I've ever had
She's HUGE, a result of all the extra attention I've given her during the times she was injured as a chick.
She comes to her name, and any time when I say her name she screams at me :D

Edit: her name is Hawk, because sounds like one and she looked like one before her comb came in :lol:
 
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Birdsonghill

Songster
Feb 1, 2021
102
356
123
West Tennessee
My oldest are just about 4 years old now! 2 EE and one RIR. They are part of my OG flock of 6. They all seem to be doing well and they lay every other day usually.
Some of my Polish layed eggs fairly well, up to about 6 or 7 years, with longer winter breaks , then , fair to sparse in the spring and summer but nothing fall through winter, until the year they died.
 

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