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Age of chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dbolman, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. dbolman

    dbolman In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2009
    Holland, Mi
    How do you figure out the age of a chicken? I bought a Welsummer hen and I don't know her age. I have 8 hens and I get one egg a day. Do they stop completely during cold weather..I am ready to get rid of all and start over![​IMG] Most of the I raised myself from spring and they are not laying either. [​IMG]

    Tracy B

  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I haven't a clue on how to tell the age of a chicken, maybe some others might with more experience. They will stop or slow way down in winter. How old are your chickens? Most hens will start laying some where around 12-16 weeks some longer and in the winter months, may take even longer. Make sure they have the nutrition and that you are feeding them layer feed to help encourage laying. One thing with Chickens is that patience is key!!!Good luck:)
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    If you post a picture we could tell if they're too young to lay. Once they get to be a year or so it's very difficult to tell exactly how old they are. My 6 year olds look like my 2 year olds, you couldn't tell by looking at them that they're much older.

    18 weeks is about the earliest a pullet can start laying. 25-35 weeks is far more common especially with dual purpose breeds. Your Welsummer will likely start laying after 25 weeks, but you should get really pretty dark brown eggs, so that's cool. [​IMG]

    You can start over but you can't change basic biology, they will lay when they are ready and not before. They need to molt every year to replace old feathers and will stop or slow down during the process because it takes a lot of energy to grow new feathers and keep warm during winter.

    Good nutrition is key to keeping them healthy and allowing them to lay as much as they can. Flock raiser or an all purpose flock feed can help them during the molt and cold weather. Layer feed will not encourage them to lay it only provides the calcium they need when they're making egg shells. I prefer free choice oyster shell so they can get as much as they individually need.

    Don't worry they will lay when they can and they eggs will be beautiful and delicious, well worth the wait. [​IMG]

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