The world’s oldest chicken, has died at the age of 21

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Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the death of Peanut, the world’s oldest chicken.

Peanut passed away on Christmas Day at her home in Michigan, USA, aged at least 21 years 238 days old.

“Peanut was a close family member, and I’m grieving her loss,” wrote Peanut’s owner, Marsi Darwin, in a blog post announcing her hen’s passing.

“We bonded 21 and a half years ago when I peeled her out of an egg, and although I realize she had a phenomenally long life for a chicken, I’m heartbroken nonetheless.”

After being abandoned by her mother, Peanut spent the first two years of her life inside a parrot cage in Marsi’s dining room, before being moved to an outside coop with the rest of Marsi’s flock.

Peanut hatched multiple nests of eggs during her lifetime, and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren currently live in Marsi’s coop.

As she entered her old age, Peanut was moved back inside the house, where she shared a cage with her daughter, Millie.

Sadly, Millie passed away on Halloween, aged 15, and one of Peanut’s old friends, Luna, died a few days later. A week after Thanksgiving, her old rooster mate, Benny, died too.

“I believe Peanut was grieving the loss of her friends, old age was catching up with her, and she too simply checked out,” Marsi said.

Marsi has many fond memories of Peanut’s life and her time as a world record holder: “Highlights of the past year include reporters in our living room, on the floor filming Peanut in the early winter a year ago,” she recalled.

“Then carrying her in her travel basket up to the croquet court in spring and summer so she could peck at the short green grass while being ‘interviewed’.“Peanut’s spirit and antics delighted viewers online and in the media. She was an incredible little bird.”

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