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How long do chickens live?

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Katymac Thu 07-Apr-16 15:38:55

That's it basically?

Is 7 years long? or short?

Chasingsquirrels Thu 07-Apr-16 15:41:51

Upto 15 years (but that old).
Most of mine have been 2-4 years, but I have one that must be at least 6 (inherited from a friend where it was the last remaining bird and she didn't want more) and she is still going strong. Stopped laying around Nov and started again last month.

Katymac Thu 07-Apr-16 15:51:22

I have 2 bantams that haven't layed since the summer before last (well I got 3 last year)

PhilPhilConnors Thu 07-Apr-16 15:58:12

Depends what they are. Hybrids tend not to live as long, the oldest hybrid we had was 4.

We had a lovely silkie x Wyandotte bantam who got to 7 and was still very healthy and young looking, and still laying the odd egg, when a dog got her. We think she would have loved much longer.

I think bantams live longer than large fowl.

Katymac Thu 07-Apr-16 16:34:27


It looks like we will be chicken owners for a while longer; we had predicted that we would have lost them by now.....but life happens

joeythenutter Sun 17-Apr-16 16:34:03

Sorry but no hen lives to 15 years old. That made me laugh. Average lifespan is from 3- 7 years, and 7 is pushing it. Ive been around poultry for 29 years.

Saz12 Fri 29-Apr-16 23:44:27

I'd agree at about 5-7 years average. You'll get the odd one who'll be reported to squeak into double figures.
BUT they will lay less and less as time goes on. Laying is partly light-dependent, so as they age they'll lay less in the winter and restart in the spring, so an elderly one will only lay the odd egg in spring and not much else.

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