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mintytwoshoes

  • Joined Feb 2012
Life of a Chicken!!
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:22:24 pm »
Hello everyoneI have some very loved old chickens and was wondering what other chicken keepers have experienced with the length of life of free ranging chickens.My oldest must be at least nine years old and was going strong yesterday.
Interested to know what others have experienced.Kind regardsMinty
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doganjo

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Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 02:02:32 pm »
Oldest I've had was 8, have had a few of those - mostly rescues
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Rupert the bear

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 08:48:05 pm »
same here a couple of 8yo birds, still going strong they have earned  their keep so I'm' happy to keep them on

chrismahon

  • Joined Dec 2011
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Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 07:20:13 am »
We have three 10 year old Wyandottes left from 12 we brought over at 2 ½ years old. Last year they laid half a dozen each, so don't expect much this year.

Kittencotes

  • Joined Apr 2020
Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 05:38:59 pm »
Well at 1 human year old they are 19 chicken years old and at two years 27, three years 33 and four years 40. From then on each human year ages them by 10 chicken years. So anything beyond 7 years could be classed as "a good innings" ( not to mention good flock management) especially if they are still reproductive.

My oldest reached 10 human years.

doganjo

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Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2020, 10:17:43 am »
Well at 1 human year old they are 19 chicken years old and at two years 27, three years 33 and four years 40. From then on each human year ages them by 10 chicken years. So anything beyond 7 years could be classed as "a good innings" ( not to mention good flock management) especially if they are still reproductive.

My oldest reached 10 human years.
Gosh I didn't know that, thank you.  I knew about cats and dogs but didn't know there was a way of calculating hens' ages.  I wonder if that applies to all birds - or does it vary by species?
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Kittencotes

  • Joined Apr 2020
Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 11:07:26 am »
Yes it differs.

   the main factors are the amount of time it takes the bird to reach sexual maturity, the average lifespan and reproductive peaks and duration.

  take a look at this for specific birds.  https://thepetsupplyguy.com/bird-age-calculator/



doganjo

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Re: Life of a Chicken!!
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2020, 02:49:19 pm »
Ha ha, just threw it on a wobbly with quail
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

 

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