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Old chicken

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by mbetts, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. mbetts

    mbetts Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken Ewa is ten years old! (She's Polish, so of course that's how her name is spelled.)
    I don't believe I've ever heard of a chicken living that long. She's a pet, obviously. Very friendly, comes when I call, and still keeps her place in the pecking order. I have two other layers, and some who haven't started laying yet. All are Polish.
    And today she laid an egg, by golly!
    Does anyone else have old birds?
    Betts
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  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    We have two almost 10-year-old Jersey Giant girls and two Brahmas that are just a bit younger, but none of them are laying eggs. Blackie, one of the Jersey Giants, does still go broody from time to time. She's a great mother!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How nice must, be a combination of great genes and wonderful care to get her to this point. And then she lays an egg on top of it. Does she have any offspring? I wonder if they will also have long lives.
     
  4. mbetts

    mbetts Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no roosters, so she's never had offspring. And I have to admit that luck had a lot to do with her longevity. Over the years we've seen raccoons, possums, etc., and I've lost a few chickens. Once when Ewa was only about a year old, something picked her up and flew off with her--but dropped her! I heard the commotion and ran out. I found her lying on her back under a tree by my house. I thought she was a goner, but when I tried to pick her up she jumped up! She had a little wound on her back. I applied antibiotic ointment and kept her in the house overnight. In the morning she was fine!
     
  5. mbetts

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    Wow! So Blackie is still laying? Or does she hatch other hens' eggs?
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    No, Blackie doesn't lay anymore. When she goes broody, we put some fertile eggs under her.
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  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] I've never been so lucky as to have one of my girls live that long!
     
  8. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My oldest hens are about 6 and a half years
    And still laying 4-5 eggs a week
    I hope they live to as old as 10
     
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  9. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    I almost forgot Lady Oreo! She's a light Brahma who hatched Christmas Day nine years ago. She hasn't laid any eggs in a couple of years, but for the last year or so she has started crowing! We have started calling her "Bruce."
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  10. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Turtle Rock Poultry Premium Member

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    I have an EE hen, Emma, who is 7 years old as of last spring...and she's still going strong!!
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