Feb 26, 2008 · Any insight would really be appreciated! commercials live a miserable life for about 1 1/2 years. Pet chickens live to be about 15 years if they are healthy and lucky. 4 people like this. Yep, pet chickens can live up to 15 even 20 years if they make it though all the dangers in life.
There’s also the little fact that most chickens people raise are intended to be food – and you can bet those poor souls don’t get to live 8 years (try 8 weeks). And then there’s Matilda (who lived until the age of 26) who blows any average lifespan out of the water.
Pet chickens that are properly cared for can live a relatively long time—longer than dogs, sometimes, although that’s rare. It’s common for a hen in a backyard setting to live 8-10 years, but we’ve also heard reports of chickens living as many as 20 years!
Hens that live into their third year and beyond lay fewer eggs each season. Their molts take longer, they forage less and they nap more. Your best layers will usually be the first to get sick and die.
Landrace chickens are particularly hardy, self-sufficient and have a wide genetic base, so they are likely to live to a respectable age of 8+ years. The oldest hen ever recorded was Matilda who made the Guinness Book of Records at 16 years old .
Chicken Lifespan. First, let’s make it clear that we’re talking about backyard chickens, not wild chickens or slaughterhouse chickens. For those keeping backyard chickens, the lifespan is usually five to ten years. There is the famous Matilda, a chicken who lived to be sixteen years old. However, the average tends to be around eight.
When we raised chickens 30 years ago when I was a kid, I think the average life span was about 4-5 years. The laying lifespan is around 2-3…which is about what we’re starting to see now with intermittent to nonexistent egg production. I’ve known chickens that lived 11 years, and others that dropped dead at 3.
Chickens, when kept in a reasonably stable environment, have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. Chickens cared for as pets can live for over 10 years, while chickens caged for egg hatching may only have a lifespan of 2 years or under. Keep Learning.
Chickens usually don’t simply “stop” laying eggs when they get to a certain age, but they will lay fewer as they get older. That said, most laying breeds will lay more or less productively in backyard terms for …
How Long Do Chickens Live? Chicken lifespans vary widely, with most hens generally living between 3 and 7 years. However, with ideal care, they may live even longer.
Backyard chickens typically live between 5 and 8 years, barring predation. The longest-lived chicken ever recorded was 16 years old when she died, but don’t expect your pet chickens …