What is the average lifespan of a chicken?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by navychick, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    What is the average lifespan of a chicken? Does it vary greatly depending on breed? Does Climate play a significant role?
    Assuming I correctly feed, water, provide comfortable, preditor proof housing and that my chicken die of NATURAL causes how long can I expect they will live?
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    I read they can live for about 13 years
    My oldest is only 3 years old
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I've heard of chickens living 10-15 years, but it seems I start to lose them starting about 4.
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    It depens on breed to a part but a great part has to due with the bird itself. I had a silkie hen that was around 9 yrs old and a sumatra roo that I had to put down and he was 9 yrs old. I have a golden lakenvelder hen that at the youngest is 10 yrs old and still lays an egg every so often. (I didnt have her as a baby and the lady had her a coulpe of years) Hope this helps.

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