Age of hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by remist17, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. remist17

    remist17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some Sussex hens and I was told these were around 1 year old. So I expected them to still be laying. To my surprise I only get 1 egg every three days in total from 5 hens. I am starting to think these birds are older than 1 year. How do you tell the age of a chicken? Is there a way?

    edited: they are on the farm now for 3 months.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013
  2. Majd

    Majd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're new.... they have to settle in..... pics???
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Apart from their age there are a few causes of non-laying. They may be molting (stress induced by the move), they may be sick or have some internal or external parasite problem that hasn't shown itself yet. They may not get the required nutrients from their feed, you didn't say what you are feeding them? If they free range they may be hiding their eggs somewhere or losing them to a predator or pest like a mouse... Some more causes here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-behaviours-and-egg-laying-why-are-my-hens-not-laying

    Hope you get this figured out!
     

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