This old girls 14 years old!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by bertiesmum, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. bertiesmum

    bertiesmum Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my dads oldest hen. She is 14 years old. What's the usual life span of bantams? She is very lively and struts about like she is a "spring chicken"!!!
     
  2. MamaDoodle

    MamaDoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations to both you and her, for having witnessed those 14 years and to continuing strong! ;)
     
  3. bertiesmum

    bertiesmum Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha thanks. Not sure how much longer she will go for! But she is looking good! Hoping she gets through this winter!
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    That's incredible! I wonder how that is in Chicken Years?
     
  5. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    She looks great! Can't believe she's 14!
     
  6. bertiesmum

    bertiesmum Out Of The Brooder

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    Here she is again with one of her pals. She loves strawberries and chips. Perhaps that's the answer to the long life ha!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    She looks amazing! I can't believe she's 14yo.
     
  8. bertiesmum

    bertiesmum Out Of The Brooder

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    She does look great! I think she still even pops an egg out every now and then!
     
  9. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    I knew one silkie hen of 13. Actually she was 13 when I first met her so I'd guess she'd be 15 now. Anyway, she was laying regular normal sized clutches. But her shoulders and flanks were permanently bare; but this may have been due to her owner not giving her animals any treats of healthy feed. That hen sure looks in great health.

    Anecdotally, i.e. from books etc, I've read that chickens can live up to around 30 years at a stretch. Obviously that wouldn't be the majority though.

    Best wishes.
     

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