can you tell the age of a chicken to see if they still lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchicksmama, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. newchicksmama

    newchicksmama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    i just got four new rhode islands reds, the auctioner said they were 6 or 7 mo old. we have only gotten one egg, and none since then we have had them for about 5 days now, eating good, doing well around the coop, and well acting like chickens, how do i know that they really arent past egg laying stage and were sold to get rid of them? everything i have read says they should start laying around 5 mo. is that right? i just really want to know if i can tell the age, to see if i got 'taken' it was at an auction, so i would hope things would be legite.
    if anyone could help me that would be great! thanks for reading and helping!
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area

    That's a good question. Is there a way to tell how old a chicken is?

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    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Post a picture on the forum and the knowlegeable will let you know the aprx. age. Hens take a while to relax back into laying after an auction. Sometimes as much as 3 weeks. Good luck with your new hens and enjoy. Jean

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