Your Oldest Chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SteveBaz, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    What is the average life of a chicken you think?
    What is the average life of a chicken you owned?
    Does age differ if its a family pet than production fowl, you think?
    Any Pictures of your older hen/roo?
    Do you think they really look old?
    Was your oldest your favorite chicken / or one of your favorites?
    Did you treat this bird any differently, How?
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    I have an 11 year old Brown Red Old English game hen. She was a big winner at the APA National several years ago. I think she laid 2 eggs this year. She's "retired" & will be allowed to live out her life here, that's her "special treatment". Ordinarily I don't keep non-productive birds around long.
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I have a Buff Orpington that is about seven years old now. Seldom lays anymore, but still seems to be going strong. Several four and five year olds.

    All looking pretty rough right now since they haven't molted yet or are in process.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Since I got chickens 6 years ago come January, my oldest will turn 6 yrs old then, but there are only two of the original ten remaining, a Buff Orp and a RIR. Neither are laying, but both seem to be okay at the moment. The RIR had issues with fluid retention, odd squat walking, then expelling weird things, but now, seems energetic and happy. The Orp just quit laying, no weird stuff, just quit. I hope she just ran out of eggs. NYReds, I hope those two will live to be as old as your OEG hen. I see that you do have a soft spot in you somewhere, eh? [​IMG] [​IMG] Sunny and Reba were fabulous layers for years and have earned their places here forever, but as hatchery hens, they would be considered quite elderly.

    Other than the last two almost-six-yr-old hens, I have several hens and a rooster who are about to turn 5 yrs old, some 4 yr old birds, some 3 yr olds and on down in age.
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    My oldest are like Speckledhens:) 1 BO and 1 RIR. Turned 5 this year and neither have laid in over a year:( They have forever homes here since they are the elders and teachers of the groups:) Love them
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    My oldest, dearest chicken is a Golden Buff hybrid, named Daisy. I bought her from the Meyer Hatchery along with two other chicks, and they were my very first chickens ever. Violet was taken by a predator their first summer, and Lily passed last winter. So anyhow, she's 4 now, and she quit laying about a month ago. I think I'll let her hang around. Couldn't bring myself to get rid of her or eat her.....
  7. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Chrissie is my first chicken (we lost Jack and Janet to a fox long ago). She is around 4-1/2 years old and is the best mommy to foster chicks. She rarely lays and when she does, she always goes broody right away. Her eggs are never fertile - she doesn't like the roos and won't let them near her! I haven't a clue what she is except that she's a bantam.

    This is her favorite laying place, an unused extra large planter, and yes, we bring her in at night when she's broody because it's not in a predator safe area! She will live out her life with us.

  8. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    very cute stories you guys about your families!
  9. zeely

    zeely Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2011
    i have a splash andalusian and a silver polish, both hens, who grew up together and will be 10 soon. the andalusian was laying a little in the summer but not in the cold weather. she's still the top hen of my flock and watches out for the polish.

    here they are!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  10. Nicki

    Nicki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2007
    I have three 9 year old chickens - a mille fleur OE hen (Popcorn), a Nankin hen (Nadine), and a Nankin rooster (Nate). The hens don't lay anymore, but the only one who acts old is Popcorn but she never has acted as perky as my other chickens - even when she was young; I never thought she would ever live this long!


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