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Chicken age?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 4-Hmom, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. 4-Hmom

    4-Hmom In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2009
    Toledo, Ohio
    How can you tell how old a chicken is? It doesn't have teeth [​IMG]

  2. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    If it's a hen, you can tell by the order of bleaching. When hens lay, they take pigment out of their bodies to put into eggs. So, the order goes kinda like this:
    vent (first egg)
    eye ring (first 10-20)
    beak, from base to tip
    bottom of feet
    back of shanks
    front of shanks
    and sometimes top of toes. not always though.
    I don't know all of the times, but the shanks take about a year.
    If a chicken isn't laying, then she's probably over two or three. You can tell that she has stopped laying for quite a while if the pigment starts coming back (in the same order it left), and if she starts molting again. A good layer has bad feathers, because she won't molt.
    Younger chickens, you can tell by size usually. Sometimes their ability to crow or cluck.
    Another way to tell can be quality of feathers. A hen that's been in with a rooster for awhile will start having messy feathers. It took mine a little less than a year to get there.
    Sometimes hens won't go broody till a certain age, mine have waited a year. It depends on the breed though.
    Roosters will have fully developed spurs by the time they're two.
    Ummmm...that's all I can think of right now.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Ok the obvious answer - if it layed an egg it is around 26 weeks.
  4. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    Oh. [​IMG]
    I tend to overthink things, can ya tell? [​IMG]
  5. Sitka

    Sitka Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    Seattle, Washington
    Ask for I.D.
  6. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    I thought it was 20!??!
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I thought it was 20!??!

    26 weeks is the AVERAGE age a chicken starts laying.

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