Thank you and chicken longevity

Discussion in 'Online Poultry Show' started by melnoble, May 23, 2011.

  1. melnoble

    melnoble New Egg

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    First a big thank you to everyone who has answered my rookie questions!! Another one. How long do chickens typically live and how long do they lay?
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    They can live up for a while.... bout 8 years.

    They lay up to 5 or 6 years? I think
     
  3. Chicken Boy-17

    Chicken Boy-17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Up to 12 years at most, 1st 2 to 3 years
     
  4. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends what breed but, what the others said is probably right for most chickens. [​IMG]
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    The rare chicken can live up to 20. People have posted about having chickens in the 15+ years old.

    How long they lay just depends on the breed and the individual bird. Some people have posted that their geriatric hen have layed 2-3 eggs per week. I have a 5+ yo GLW that has pretty much stopped laying.

    Imp
     
  6. colster10000

    colster10000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think all you people are CRAZY ive only had a chicken for 5 years MAX!
     
  7. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a golden lakenvelder hen who is at the youngest 10 yrs old. I didn't have her as a baby, and the lady
    I got her and her sister from had them a couple of years. Her sister died over this last winter, but she still lays eggs, sometimes I get 2 or 3 a week other weeks I get none. ( I think there's an egg eater in there with her and I haven't found out who yet)
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:What do you lose them to? Perhaps you should examine your poultry keeping practices.

    I guess I'm crazy, too, many of mine have lived and laid eggs well beyond 10 years.
     
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

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    I've had chooks that lived to 10ish. One got eaten by a dog early on, but the other one outlived a few others.
     
  10. colster10000

    colster10000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all of my chickens are free range and only loose them at night and almost all have died from natural causes unless your feeding them feeding them special medication or they are bred that way they are living longer than any of mine have
     

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