Top 5 Long-Lived Chickens
The Plymouth Rock originated in the United States and
is a dual-purpose and cold hardy bird that is excellent for the small farm or backyard flock. They are
large, long lived birds. Some breeds are excellent for laying and others are best for meat. They are
generally docile and easy to tame, though they can become broody. They were developed in New England in
the 19th century and first showed in 1869.
Old English Game Fowl
One of the most prized among poultry
breeder, this pure English Game Fowl lives up to 16 years. There are few of them and many of the pure breeds
have died out over the years. They tend to be more aggressive than other breeds. Males are not recommended
around children and the breed in general is not recommended for those who may be a novice at caring for
chickens. The should be kept from other chickens as they can be aggressive if they feel they are in danger.
Because of their aggressive tendencies, they were bred in the Middle Ages to amuse the nobility with
Large, fluffy and loosely feathered, the
Orpington is a big, fun bird to have pecking about your yard. Originating in Orpington in Kent, England, this
bird lays large brown eggs and though dual in purpose is preferred for its eggs as its skin color is considered
too white. They are frequently broody, but excellent mothers. Hardy all year and excellent with winters. The
Orpington matures a bit early but tends to be, despite its size, the lowest peg in the pecking order and owners
should keep a bit of an eye out to make sure they're not being bullied too much or too often. Despite this
tendency to be beaten up a bit, they are still a rather long-lived chicken. We have one currently approaching
ten years this year.
Second Oldest Ever Living Chicken: Matilda, a 16 year old
Bantam hen from Australia who passed away in 2007 in her home in Bessemer. She was part of a magic act called
Mort the Mystifying and Donna. At one point she appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and was survived
by her long-time co-star Lucky the rabbit. She was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in
Oldest Living Chicken: Blacky, a black bantam born in 1986
and hailed from Geelong Australia. This bird belonged to Veronika and Lasilav Seljak and held the record for
longest living pet in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records.
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