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Any ideas for knowing WHO is still laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by can you hear me now?, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Hi everyone. A lady gave me a bunch of birds she said weren't laying anymore. I don't know how old they are and I know at least a few are laying but is there some kind of way to tell who that may be so I can put them in the deep freeze?
     

  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I read somewhere tht if the combs are still really red, and if the vent is moist, they are still possibly laying.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yep. A redder comb is signs of a layer. [​IMG]

    But, one thing you really need to make sure of is that these hens are actually stopping due to old age and NOT because they're closing their cycle for the year or that they're molting. (some birds molt so fast you don't notice it) A lot of people seem to get rid of their chickens the moment they stop laying or pause in laying without any care or knowledge into why.
     
  4. Good point. She gave me at least 9 BO's and I know at least a couple of them are maybe two years old and that is tops. One of them looks to be only a year old or so. Her comb is no larger than my newly laying BR pullets.
     

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