How long do a Chicken live???



Chickens are domesticated birds of the genus Gallus gallus domesticus. One of the most prevalent and widely found domestic animals worldwide. Egg production and poultry meat are the main reasons that chickens are raised.
Size, shape, and color of chickens vary depending on the breed. Typically they have a small body with feathers covering every part of it including the wings and tail. Most chickens have a beak, tufts hanging from their necks and a small comb on top of their heads.
Chickens are social creatures who typically live in flocks. They make a variety of sounds and body movements to communicate with one another. They exhibit a natural hierarchy of dominance with dominant individuals establishing their dominance over subordinates. Animals that are primarily active during the day and sleep at night include chickens which are diurnal.
Habitat and Diet: Chickens can live in a variety of habitats and can adapt to them easily. They are frequently raised on industrial poultry farms or in hen coops. Chickens are believed to be the offspring of the red jungle fowl which was first discovered in the Southeast Asian jungles.
Chickens have a varied diet and are omnivores. In addition to small animals and plants they also eat seeds, grains, worms, insects, and vegetation. To meet their nutritional requirements they raised for commercial purposes are typically fed a well-balanced diet of grains and supplements.
Uses: Chickens are raised primarily for their meat also known as chicken or poultry. They are also prized for their eggs, feathers and to a lesser extent for their company and display at poultry shows.
Health Benefits Chicken meat is a good source of high-quality protein and a number of necessary nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. A nutrient-rich food and adaptable cooking ingredient, chicken eggs are another.


The majority of chickens don’t get to live out their full, natural lifespans. Instead the factory farm industry cuts their lives short.
Chickens are gentle, perceptive creatures. They enjoy spending their days foraging in the grass for insects and seeds, taking dust baths to keep themselves clean, and, once they become proud parents, building and guarding nests. Most chickens however don’t have the opportunity to lead such a healthy and happy life. Most of these adorable animals are mistreated and used for commercial gain, having their natural lifespans shortened by harm, illness, and slaughter.

How long do chickens live before slaughter?

The US food industry uses chickens for two products: eggs (that come from egg-laying hens) and meat (which come from chickens raised specifically for meat known as broiler chickens). What they are used for affects how long they live, although both egg-laying hens and broiler chickens who are raised for meat face abnormally shortened lifespans. Layer hens live to be about 18 to 24 months old before the industry considers them “spent”—unable to lay more eggs—and sends them to slaughter. Broiler chickens live to be about 47 days old before they meet their violent end risking being boiled alive through a cruel slaughter method known as “live-shackle slaughter.”

Reason that affects Chicken Lifespan

A chicken raised in a factory hatchery is born into the world alongside thousands of other chicks in a sterile environment. Many of these chicks will go on to live short, miserable lives, but for some chicks life is about to come to an abrupt, horrifying end even sooner.


A miserable life is in store for chicks who make it out of the hatchery. Many industrial egg farms cram layer hens into cages that are so small that the birds can’t fully extend their wings. This harsh form of confinement also referred to as battery cages, requires hens to spend the majority of their lives in an area roughly the size of a sheet of paper. Hens are unable to act on any of their natural instincts which prevents them from digging in the ground, scratching at the ground, perching or building nests. 
 Barns for broilers aren’t much better. They are frequently overcrowded which makes it difficult for birds to move around and causes potentially fatal muscle and skeletal conditions. Additionally the ground on these farms is forced to be covered in chicken excrement. These unsanitary conditions pose a risk of death for birds due to bacterial growth and ammonia from feces, which can cause respiratory problems.


Both sexes are used to produce the breasts, nuggets, and a variety of other chicken products that Americans consume so broiler chicks of both sexes will live to the same age. 
 The lifespan of male and female chicks in egg production however varies greatly. The egg industry views males as completely useless because they are unable to produce eggs that businesses can profit from. 
 During a procedure known as “chick culling,” male chicks are separated from female chicks shortly after hatching frequently when they are only a few hours old and killed in some of the most gruesome ways imaginable. The male chicks are placed on a conveyor belt that transports them to a macerating device where they are ground to death. Other facilities may decide to stuff chicks into enormous plastic bags where they will be crushed or suffocated to death. Some facilities gas the chicks to death. 
 There are only a few brutally brief and short hours in a male chick’s life on an egg factory farm.


On factory farms for both egg production and meat production breed significantly affects how long chickens live. 
 In order for broiler chickens to grow much more quickly than they would naturally, the meat industry selectively breeds them. To help the industry produce more meat to sell, their bodies develop far more muscle than nature intended. These chickens also referred to as “rapid growth” breeds are so prone to skeletal and other health issues that even if they weren’t killed at around six weeks of age they would soon pass away. 
 However in contrast to the twelve or so eggs that wild chickens might lay annually the egg industry breeds layer hens to produce extremely high volumes of eggs—about one per day. This stress on hens’ bodies can result in a number of excruciatingly painful conditions such as ovarian cancer, prolapses—drooping organs—which can break bones—and calcium depletion.


Chickens frequently come into contact with pathogens that can make them ill in the wild. However the conditions are so bad on factory farms that illness is essentially a given. Because of this chicken farms frequently treat their flocks with antibiotics on a large scale as a preventative measure. The overuse of antibiotics in factory farms affects the health of chickens but it also encourages the growth of pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics which pose a threat to human health. 
 Blackhead, Marek’s, Mycoplasma gallisepticum and cancer are just a few of the illnesses that can seriously harm chickens’ health and shorten their lives. But why are chickens raised for food so prone to disease? 
 In addition to denying them the opportunity to perch, fly, or interact with one another as they would in the wild, factory farms prevent chickens from enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air. Chickens may consequently experience ongoing stress which weakens their immune systems’ capacity to fight off disease. This is particularly troubling when we consider that factory farm settings are covered in feces, creating the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria and viruses. 
 These elements make it obvious why chickens can be so prone to illness, especially when taken together with the fact that they are forced to produce more eggs and meat than is even remotely natural.


Whether on factory farms for producing eggs or meat, slaughter is the main factor affecting the lifespan of chickens. 
 Most chickens end up at the same slaughterhouses where they suffer the same atrocious treatment. The industry-standard method of slaughter, known as live-shackle slaughter frequently fails to properly stun chickens before severing their throats and plunging them into a pot of boiling water causing chickens who have been mistreated their entire lives to suffer in agony.

5 Popular Breeds and Their Life Expectancy


Rhode Island Reds

These hardy birds lay lots of eggs and are chatty. There are two lines of Rhode Island chickens. 
 The production line is the subject that is discussed about them the most. 
Since the breed’s inception  their genetic makeup has been preserved as heritage chickens. 
 With the right conditions, nutrition, and care they can live for more than eight years.

Golden Comets

A tasty chicken designed for high production. They can figuratively kill themselves because they are a hybrid that can lay one egg per day. 
 In addition to other issues, they are vulnerable to reproductive tumors. If they survive for five years they are regarded as elderly.


Another heritage hen with a good genetic profile.
If this hen is given good care and nutrition she should live to 6+ years.


The fluffy backyard favorite! Orpingtons are a heritage breed, so they tend to have longer life spans than hybrids.Orpingtons are generally mellow and can live 8+ years under ideal circumstances.

Easter egg hunters.

 These adorable hens are crossbred or hybrid. 
 They were never intended for high egg production, despite the fact that they lay colorful eggs and that many people buy them just for the colorful eggs. 
The Easter Egger is fortunate in that they can live for more than eight years and are more robust than many hybrids as a result.

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