are my chickens too old?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by palabeco, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. palabeco

    palabeco Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    S.W. PA
    I bought some hens from a farm auction, no eggs , are they too old? her are [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]g]some pics of a few of them
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    How long have you had them since you bought them? The stress of the auction (and possibly their previous owner) could have put them off. Then add to it that egg production tends to fall off during the winter.
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Thanks for adopting them - whatever their age. And I've heard that chickens can lay until they are 15 - 20 yrs old. Of course, not nearly as much as when they're 1yrs old. Maybe someone else knows better, but I bet that now that they've got a good home they'll start laying a bit.
  4. Arklady

    Arklady Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    To me the rhode island red at the top is just too young. She still looks like she has baby feathers the ones with spots. The others are too far to see. But in any case... Yes birds can stop laying for 2 or 3 weeks depending on how secure they feel and then they will start up again. So be patient and give it a while..

  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    Assuming they are old enough to lay,
    give them a few weeks to get comfortable with their new
    environment and they start up again.
  6. cristina33

    cristina33 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    When I first got my chickens that I had bought off a farmer it took them 3 months before they got settled and started layin!
    Give them time [​IMG]
    Take Care
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    That first hen looks like she's in a moult to me. Her neck feathers are short and her tail almost missing. I believe she's a mature hen, but if you post her feet, I bet we could tell for sure. From the pic, her feet look worn as aging hens do. Doesn't mean she won't lay tho and I would definitely give her time. Moving her and if she is moulting will definitely put laying off for a while.

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I bet they will lay once they calm down and get adjusted. Judging by the wing feather shafts, I'd also say in addition to moult, they had a rooster too that may have stressed them out.
  9. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    maybe its just the lighting in that picture but the top bird looks like a red sex link to me.
  10. palabeco

    palabeco Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    S.W. PA
    Thanks for all the info.Its getting close to winter now, so I don't expect to see any eggs till spring. One of the other reasons I got them was to keep my other 4 chickens warm thru winter.So 13 chickens should stay warm in an 8x8 coop?Or should I add a heat source?

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