At what age is "full grown"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BuffsareBad, May 18, 2011.

  1. BuffsareBad

    BuffsareBad Out Of The Brooder

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    This may be a stupid question but......what age is a chicken considered full grown or an adult?

    I’m guessing this varies with type but I have no idea. 1 year, hen starts producing eggs, etc?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
    I consider them full grown when they lay their first egg.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Depends on the breed
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Depends, it's true. Also when they lay, it's true. But if you have no idea when they'll lay, then that's not helpful. Most hens lay before they are 6 months old, usually at 5 months.
     
  5. Lacey1988

    Lacey1988 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agreed....some breed like the leghorn mature really fast others not so fast ....And just like humans the female matures faster [​IMG]
     
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  6. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
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    If it's based on when they lay I have one that is 1 year and 3 months and still not full grown [​IMG] Let's just say she's a bit slow... In multiple ways!
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Generally, the onset of egg production causes the pullets to cease substantial growth. They do seem to fill out a bit more, but they are full grown for all intents and purposes. The roosters continue to fill out. A pullet is mature looking at 6 months, but the roosters can take a bit longer to really show their stuff.
     
  8. BuffsareBad

    BuffsareBad Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all!
     

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