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Hello from Mississipi!!!!!! I am new to the chicken farming so here is what I done. I went and bought 11 hens 2 roosters. the fellow I bought them from told me they were 16 mouths old. and I have a friend thats alot older than me like 82 years old said my chicken were way older than that. Is there anyway of telling about how old they are? I also have so egg ? I will ask later. thanks sunny and warm in Mississippi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello from Mississipi!!!!!! I am new to the chicken farming so here is what I done. I went and bought 11 hens 2 roosters. the fellow I bought them from told me they were 16 mouths old. and I have a friend thats alot older than me like 82 years old said my chicken were way older than that. Is there anyway of telling about how old they are? I also have so egg ? I will ask later. thanks sunny and warm in Mississippi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Count its teeth (could not resist) .Wish I could help.Fact when I was in Navy ,Mom mailed me old One eye died.That was my chicken pet when I was 4/5 years old and it was not a spring chicken then..Our guess was 20years +....cva34


 

 

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You can't really tell by looking at them. You can tell by how they are laying eggs. Do they lay frequently? What quality of eggs do they lay? When hens get old, their egg production slows and will eventually come to a halt. 

I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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I am getting 5 to 6 eggs a day and they seem to be just fine. i have an asortment of hens and really dont no which are laying. I am getting light brown eggs and a little darker brown egg and a white one. can you tell me which ones are laying? I have 2 buff rocks 2red star 2 game 1 white bramha 1 black chicken not sure what it is it has feathers on outside of its legs was told it was a black autralorp but someone own here said it was a mix. also have 1 coco muran 1 dominqe and 1 americna. an sugestions on which eggs came from which chicken? I no thats probaly a dumb question but would like to no. thanks sunny and warm in Mississippi!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chase them down in the yard and ask them for their License.......JK, Welcome to BYC


Edited by Buiscuit - 1/31/12 at 4:42pm
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I am getting 5 to 6 eggs a day and they seem to be just fine. i have an asortment of hens and really dont no which are laying. I am getting light brown eggs and a little darker brown egg and a white one. can you tell me which ones are laying? I have 2 buff rocks 2red star 2 game 1 white bramha 1 black chicken not sure what it is it has feathers on outside of its legs was told it was a black autralorp but someone own here said it was a mix. also have 1 coco muran 1 dominqe and 1 americna. an sugestions on which eggs came from which chicken? I no thats probaly a dumb question but would like to no. thanks sunny and warm in Mississippi!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dominique's lay brown eggs. 

Buff rocks lay brown eggs. 

Red star's lay brown eggs

Brahma's lay brown eggs. 

Black australorp's lay brown eggs. 

Cuckoo marans lay chocolate colored eggs.

Ameraucanas lay blue eggs. 

 

This is assuming all of your chickens are purebreds. I have no idea what color egg the game bird lays. 

 

I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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Chase them down in the yard and ask them for their License.......JK, Welcome to BYC



hahaha. nice

I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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I became interested in hatching and raising chickens during a developmental genetics class where we manipulated the genetic code of chicken embryos. One year later, I have many chickens, mostly Ameraucanas and Silkies.

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post #8 of 19

Old English games lay a white or lightly tinted egg, but there are several breeds of chickens referred to as games.

Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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post #9 of 19
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thanks for the info!!!

post #10 of 19

Probably the one white egg is coming from the white chicken, from what I have been told the ear color indicates if it will be light eggs or dark ones.

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