Farming forum: What does a 15 year old hen look like?

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Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jul 16, 2012 9:30 AM CST
They look pretty good.
My daughter took this picture of my two 15 year old hens. She can get down low enough to get a hen's eye view of them.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 16, 2012 12:08 PM CST
Those ladies are amazing! I've never had a hen live into her teens.
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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Jul 17, 2012 6:17 AM CST
Beautiful old girls. It's amazing how long a farm animal can live when given the care they need.

Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 17, 2012 8:43 AM CST
15 years! and they really look good. Do they still lay eggs? I just can't seem to get one to live longer then 9 years. I've had several get to be 9, and then they die. I had one hen that was 9 and in really good health, only she started to have rooster characteristics. She grew spurs, her comb enlarged, and she began crowing too. One night I forgot to shut up the chickens, and something killed 3 of my Roosters and her. I do have a half leghorn hen that is 9 this year, she's in good health, and is still laying an egg every once in a while. We'll see if she makes it to 10.
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Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jul 17, 2012 9:05 AM CST
They didn't lay any eggs this year, but laid about 6 last year. They don't lay very often when they get old.

Most of mine kicked the bucket at about 11 or 12. Some died younger. I had a silkie hen that died at 14 last winter.
Some literally drop dead - of apparent stroke or heart attack. My large silkie rooster was found dead under his perch in the morning. Some die of cancer. I've had a few hens get ovarian cancer which was determined by the vet. (Whenever a chicken starts a slow decline, I make sure it's nothing contagious). The vet said that ovarian cancer in animals that ovulate as often as a chicken isn't surprising.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 17, 2012 4:58 PM CST
I have a 7 year old half naked neck, half white crested black polish. She broke her leg last year, I though she would be a goner, but the leg healed, and now she walks with a very slight limp, espectially if she's running. I hatched one of her eggs this year, and have a nice pullet from her. I'm glad, as she's been a really good layer, and fun to look at too. The chick doesn't have the naked neck though. I have two of her half sisters, same crested mom, different father, and all three of them are 7 years old and really good layers yet. I hatched one of her sister's eggs too this year, and it came out blue, as the father must have been my Americana rooster. It has the puffy check feathers too.
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Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jul 17, 2012 6:42 PM CST
I want to see a picture of that half naked neck, half white crested black polish!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 17, 2012 9:54 PM CST
Me too ! What breed(s) are the old girls?
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 18, 2012 4:32 AM CST
I will try to remember to take a pic of her later today. She's becoming my favorite hen, since I lost my "PJ" this summer. PJ was a part light Brahman, and she always reminded me of a portly grandma wearing her night gown and apron waddling around. She used to have the neatest wobble when she ran. Just found her laying dead one day, I have no idea why, she was only about 5 years old.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Jul 18, 2012 7:07 AM CST
Sudden unexpected death is the most common reason for loss of a hen for me - at any age. It's rather frustrating.
Porkpal
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 18, 2012 10:37 AM CST
Well, here's a few pics of my wierd naked neck X white crested black polish cross chicken. Thumb of 2012-07-18/tveguy3/c83908 Thumb of 2012-07-18/tveguy3/9eaa3a
Enough pics already, I'm on my way!
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She was not feeling photogenic today!
You can see the small crest on her head, and if you look at the left leg, you might see where it was broken,it has a small enlargement there.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Jul 18, 2012 4:03 PM CST
That look must be an acquired taste...
Porkpal
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jul 18, 2012 4:07 PM CST
I love her!

I had a rooster that must have been part naked neck since he had a bare neck like that. He lived until 10 or 12.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 18, 2012 4:52 PM CST
You gotta love that little bow tie!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jul 19, 2012 12:55 PM CST
I will be kind and just say she is not very attractive. Rolling on the floor laughing

The two old gals look great, really like the color of the one in the foreground
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 19, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Well, as they say, the beauty is in the inside, lol She is a really friendly cool old chick, and she still lays many eggs.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jul 19, 2012 5:25 PM CST
Aww, what a good hen to still lay lots of eggs. Thumbs up
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 19, 2012 5:36 PM CST
So happy to know my Abigail may live to be so old as 15. Loved the pictures...
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 8, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Well, once again, I won't be having a 10 year old chicken. My 9 year old leghorn cross hen that was doing so well all summer, still laying an egg once in a while, died yesterday. Just found her dead. I just can't get one older then 9 years for some reason. I have a few 7 year olds now, so maybe one of them will make it to 10.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Nov 8, 2012 7:47 PM CST
Guess we are blessed to have them to live just as long as they can. Sorry about your loss....

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