Age Old Question-
How Long Do Chickens Live?
I am often asked how long do chickens live? This is a great question and it is absolutely one you should ask and know the answer to before deciding to raise chickens.
Chickens can live well into their teens. The average age they will until can depend on breed, but you can expect at least 8 years old. With that said, chances of owning a chicken until it reaches age 8 are just slim. There are so many reasons why your chicken may not make it into their teens years.
There are a lot of common diseases among chickens that can be fatal and in no time at all. Sometimes you won’t even notice your chicken is sick or maybe they have not exhibited any symptoms, but one morning you go out and they have passed. This happens all the time. It something to know and be prepared for. An old farmer once told me “if you have livestock, you have deadstock”. As morbid and sad as it sounds, it is a fact.
Sometimes the pecking order can be rough. So rough that a dominant hen or rooster will peck a chicken lower on the totem pole until they are dead.
Injuries occur often in chicken coops and runs. A chicken may jump down off of a roost and land the wrong way, hurting a leg. Or break a wing flapping. I have had chickens lose a toe nail and the open wound get infected. One thing to be sure to take care of quickly is blood. Chickens are cannibals, they will peck at an open wound if they see blood.
Regardless of these common reasons a chicken may not live until it’s potential age range, raising chickens is rewarding. Provide adequate shelter, be hands on with your birds and you will be able to prevent some of these from happening, ultimately prolonging their life span.