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How do you know the age of your chickens?

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Hi I was wondering how to tell the age of my chickens?

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Look at the wear on their teeth.   Once they grow up it is difficult to tell the age of a chicken.  Different breeds age at different rates.  Individuals also tend to show ages differently.  A freshly molted bird looks better than one who hasn't gone through molt. 

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So funny, that is horses silly! I look for patches of grey in their feathers, (just joking)
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We recently adopted a RIR Rooster and hen and was wondering the same thing....about how old are they? Is there anything to go by at all?

We have 1 Rhode Island Red Rooster-Zeus, 1 Rhode Island Red hen-Betty, 2 Border Collies-Brandi and Cooper, 1 cat and 2 kittens-Chloe, Tiger and Jessie, a Guinea Pig-Bella and a fantastic vegetable garden this year....we love to work in our yard and love all of our pets... 

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We have 1 Rhode Island Red Rooster-Zeus, 1 Rhode Island Red hen-Betty, 2 Border Collies-Brandi and Cooper, 1 cat and 2 kittens-Chloe, Tiger and Jessie, a Guinea Pig-Bella and a fantastic vegetable garden this year....we love to work in our yard and love all of our pets... 

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The only clue I ever got was to look at the legs.  A younger one will have more yellowish legs b/c the color (can't remember what chemical it is) gets used in egg production and as they get older - say after a year or so, that yellow color fades to tan or grey or whatever their normal leg color will be.

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