Anyway to tell the age of my hen?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Annmarie G, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. Annmarie G

    Annmarie G New Egg

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    Just got my first two hens about 2 weeks ago and I sadly found 1 dead yesterday. Neither had laid any eggs for me. I believe maybe they are done laying eggs either for the season or because they are older. I live in SoFlo and it is still hot and sunny. My last standing hen does not seem to be molting either from what I can tell. She eats and forages and seems to be healthy.
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    The lack of laying could also be from moving them. Chickens don't do stress well, and can take up to a month to lay again after a move.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I see your posting another thread..
    Lock her in her coop and run so she knows that is home...Chickens can be as simple or as hard as you want them to be...?

    You said you researched Chicken keeping...Try and follow even half of what you read and the hen will lay eggs for you...

    Best of luck...Cheers!
     
  4. Weehopper

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    Sometimes, a slow hard molt can be indicitave of old age.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    She certainly looks like she's molting. She's likely over 18 months old, but no way to tell just how much over. She'll start laying again once the days start to get longer. If she's a 5 to 6 eggs a week layer, she's probably 2 to 3. If she only lays 3 to 4 or less a week, she's probably over 3.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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