Due to my job, I work about 8 hours away from my animals who include a small flock of chickens. About a week and a half ago, my husband told me that my beloved Rhode Island Red rooster, Wooster, had passed on. He turned 6 in September and was such a sweet and special boy. Wooster was not a typical rooster. He was a sweetheart and was good to his hens and to people, especially to me. I know that my husband didn't take care of them as well as I had and do when I'm able to visit but hope that it wasn't due to his or my negligence. I read that the average life span for Rhode Island Reds is 4-8 years, and 6 falls in that range, so I suppose that wasn't bad. Around Thanksgiving, while I was still overseas, my eldest RIR hen passed on. She was also 6 years old. Can anyone tell me if that life span is accurate? Thank you.