Do chickens go grey when they get old?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gypsy07, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Just wondering...
  2. starforever61

    starforever61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2009
    Mine haven't, just over time they have grown the most beautiful feathers I have EVER seen on an isa brown [​IMG]
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    My ISA Browns are going through their first moult and I've noticed that their new feathers are coming back in a much lighter brown and also tighter and smoother looking. They're in MUCH better condition than when I got them thougn so that's probably why...

    So how old are your birds then? I was thinking of when birds get to 8+ years old but I know a lot of people don't keep birds once they slow down or stop laying. I just saw a pic of a ten year old rooster and it wasn't grey at all. It just got me wondering...
  4. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    I always keep my hens long after they are done laying, I figure they fed me all those years, so i will feed them for the rest of theirs. I've never noticed the turning grey, but I have seen their colors fade somewhat.
  5. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2010
    NE Minnesota
    It might be more telling if you notice that they walk with a cane.
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  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    No, they don't.

    And btw for those thinking a molt or two means your hens are getting old. . . 4 years old may be useless for a production layer, but truthfully, an OLD hen is over 10 years old. [​IMG]
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:I agree with above statement.

    Only age related post-maturation change of pigmentation I have seen involves some wing and tail feathers that turn white like with some dominiques and games. Change occurs before birds truely old so not like greying of hair in mammals.
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:That is beautiful.

    OP- sorry I don't know the answer to your question. I'm interested in the answers, too!

  9. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Thanks for all the replies everyone!

    I was just wondering because my dog has started to go grey around the muzzle and he's not quite four years old yet. He's a black lab X collie and I'd expect him to make fifteen years no problem. So I thought he was going grey very soon. And that just got me wondering about what happens when hens get old...
  10. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:Unless he's been in the powered doughnuts.

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