In the Brooder
- Oct 28, 2009
I'm just wondering how old a hen can truly be expected to live with good care. My two remaining ladies are 5 years old. "Oprah" is starting to lose weight and getting bony though still active. (She lays horrible thin shelled eggs that are totally useless). This is what happened to my other chickens a few weeks before they decided it was time to go. They were also 4-5 yrs old. On the other hand, "Ruby" is so fat she can barely waddle around the yard. My chickens are dusted, wormed, eat well and free range under supervision every day. Wish I could do something to let my chickens reach ripe old age of 10-15 as I have read - I'm thinking people are exaggerating (?) about these elderly chickens. I've had chickens for a long time and never had one live past 5.