How long does a chicken live? Well the answer all depends on if it is lucky enough to be born a male or female, and which type of chicken.. and for what purpose it was raised… The same applies to other livestock and farm animals.
When people discuss the lifespan of livestock, and farm animals, there are two factors to consider. One, being the animals normal lifespan, and two, being the age at which an animal is typically slaughtered. In most cases the age of slaughter is determined by when an animal is killed for human consumption, but we must also remember many livestock animals are killed when they are no longer productive, which usually means when they can no longer reproduce.
97% of male chicks are ground up into pet food at age day 1.
Broiler Hens, and other hens raised for eating – 5 months.
Laying Hens – 1 Year
Natural Lifespan for Chickens – 8-10 years.
For eating – 5 – 8 months.
For Laying eggs – 1-2 years.
Natural Lifespan for Domestic Turkeys 8 – 10 years.
For eating – 3-6 months.
Natural Lifespan for Rabbits -8 years.
Goats and Sheep
For eating – 3-8 months.
Decline in Productivity – 8 years.
Natural Lifespan for Goats – 12 years (depending on breed).
One of my own sheep, she is currently 4 years of age. (Yes she has 5 horns)
For eating – 4 -10 months of age.
Natural Lifespan for Pigs – 15 – 20 years.
Bob Veal calves are slaughtered at a few days of age, others at 14-30 weeks.
Beef Animals 1 – 2 years.
Milk Animals, productivity declines at 10 years.
Natural Lifespan for Cattle – 18- 20 years.
Foals from the PMU Industry often fed to zoo and circus animals – 2 – 4 months.
For eating (not common in many parts of the world) – 18 months – 2 years.
Race Horses 4 – 6 years (although many do go on to have careers after the race track).
Natural Lifespan for Horses – 20 – 25 years.
Not an animal used as food but listed here because they are commonly thought of as farm animals and many ignorant city folk dump their unwanted cats on a farm.
Farm cats live, on average, only a year. Many farm cats are not fed and must fend for themselves as mousers. They are at risk for being killed by coyotes, raccoons, and so forth. Many are not vaccinated, and are full of worms.
Lucky farm cats (like mine) are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, allowed in the house, or have warm shelters, and are fed a proper diet. However most farm cats die as kittens thus the average age for farm cats is only one year.
Natural Lifespan for Cats 12 – 16 years
One of my cats, rescued as a kitten.
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