can anyone tell me

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jones-e, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. jones-e

    jones-e Out Of The Brooder

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    if there is a way to tell how old or what age a chicken is.is there like tell-tale signs or would you just guesstimate the age?ty in advance
     
  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A young pullet, not yet laying would have pink colored combs and wattles. A pullet/hen that is laying will have bright red, but that will only last about 3 to 4 years and it goes back to pink. I would think that you should be able to know the difference between a young pullet and old hen by looking at the feathering and skin. I would only keep an old hen if she is a good setter and mother.
     
  3. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think laying can also help you tell, an older hen would lay less and for a shorter season than a young one.
    But as they say, your mileage may varry because some hens just lay less. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    post pic! surely you will get a lot of guesses at least!
     

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