Can you tell just by handling?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SterlingAcres, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've got a gentlemen coming to pick up these pullets and when I said one may be laying, he said 'Oh you can't tell just by handling one? I can. Tsk tsk.'

    [​IMG] She may or may not be a new layer. Her comb is 'getting' redder, but it's not fully developed. The roos are mating her, but seriously, can you tell just from holding a pullet if it lays eggs or not?
     
  2. UrbanChickenMama

    UrbanChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonder if he's talking about the squat? Otherwise, no I cant' tell.
     
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    The pelvis will open up a bit when they are laying.
     
  4. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Condescending people shouldn't have chickens, send him packing! If he's pretentious and rude to you, how will he treat the birds?
     
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Well, this is the bird in question. He grabbed her behind the wings and touched her bum and said she's laying.

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    Then he asked if I would sell my buff orp pullets to him for $5 a piece as well....

    [​IMG] No buddy, these aren't hatchery birds.
     
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Guess he will find out soon huh ?? How old is she ??
     
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:He didn't buy her. He took two that weren't laying yet. I'm assuming she's around 5 months old, since she's getting red like my laying pullets. The woman I purchased her from said they were all between 5-10 months old.
     
  8. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:He didn't buy her. He took two that weren't laying yet. I'm assuming she's around 5 months old, since she's getting red like my laying pullets. The woman I purchased her from said they were all between 5-10 months old.

    Ohhh.... got yah, sorry !! Figured he wanted the one that was laying !!

    Ok so I should say..... Guess you will find out soon !!!

    From the pic I would guess she wasn't laying yet, only b/c her comb is still small and not RED RED !! But, thats just my guess !!
     
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should show that they are capable of "filling up" with eggs!

    This may help you to know that . . .

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    edited to say: don't pull out any of her pretty feathers to check.
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2008
  10. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Thank you digits! I think she 'may' be, since I've found 2 teeny blue eggs since she's been here and the layers have khaki and mint green.
     

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