How long do chickens live?

The average chicken can live from eight to ten years with exceptions running to 15 and 20 years. Factory farms slaughter their egg laying hens at one years old -“meat” chickens are slaughtered at only 5 weeks old. (

3 thoughts on “How long do chickens live?

  1. I had a pet chicken as a kid living in the city (which we learned later was illegal to have “livestock” in the city and she moved to a petting zoo). One of the most interesting pets I have ever had with personality galore. She was not the smartest creature but entertained our family and terrorized our dog for several years.

  2. Interesting. We can have chickens as pets in Tallinn.

    This is my parents’ pet chicken. She will have a long life because my parents keep chickens for eggs.

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