What's the average lifespan for a hen?

mudhen

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13 Years
Jan 15, 2007
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Just out of curiosity, wondering if anyone knows how long can a hen live? Any difference if a bantam vs. a regular size? Any breeds have better longevity than others?
 

menageriemama

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I read somewhere that the record is 40 some years. I dont know if I buy that however...
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silkiechicken

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I think bantymum had a 17 year old hen who just passed this year if I remember right. They can easily live to 7-8 years, and if cancer or a pred doesn't get them by then, into the teens is easy, with the late teens still being possible if cared for well.
 

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