Aging Hens, how can you tell?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tororider, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. tororider

    tororider Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southeast MI
    I am thinking about picking up some hens in the next couple days to restore my flock. Other than worrying about disease, is there a way to tell if hens are older or younger? I obviously would rather have a one year old hen than a five year old for production reasons. Thanks

  2. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Songster

    Jan 29, 2007
    Quote:I look at their legs, older hens seem to have legs feet and nails that look worn.
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    If I'm not mistaken, the coloring of the legs fades over time and becomes real pale. If you want a younger hen, look for more vibrant leg color...

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