What's the average lifespan for a hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mudhen, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    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?
  2. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    I read somewhere that the record is 40 some years. I dont know if I buy that however... [​IMG]
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    40 years!!!! holey crap. They will have to have lots of chicken salad at my funeral.
  4. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I think that's a chicken that was in some bar in New Jersey - turns out there were four chickens in that role.

    According to this article , there is/was a 14 year old chicken that held the record. According to another article Matilda died at 16 years of age.

    The average age is 7-8 years.
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Quote:A forty year old chicken at a New Jersey bar? [​IMG][​IMG]
  6. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:So drunk chickens have a longer life span?????? [​IMG]
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    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.
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Quote:HA HA HA HA!! [​IMG]

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