I saw something today that made me shake my head. A you tuber was claiming that chickens only have a useful life span of 2 -2 1/2 years. Just so you know, this is not true. I have been raising various kinds of chickens for 10 years now and have a soon to be 10 yr. old Americana hen. Now granted, she doesn't lay everyday, but the old girl is still giving me sky blue eggs at her leisure. This is Annalise's forever home as she was one of my first girls. I also have a great- great - whatever, granddaughter of hers, Easter Egger, that is laying me a beautiful blue/green egg every day. She is 5 yrs. old. Now I do have a mix of Americana, Golden Wyandottes and Silver Wyandottes coming up. Should be getting eggs in November from them. Ten more birds added to the 5 I have now and the flock continues. I try to have dual-purpose birds, so I am able to have both eggs and meat. No purpose to this except to dispel a myth about the laying life of chickens.