HENS MAY BE TO OLD?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BRYAN662, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. BRYAN662

    BRYAN662 Out Of The Brooder

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    HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A HEN IS SPENT? I HAVE A LOT OF HENS AND I THINK ITS IMPOSIBLE TO TELL WHO IS LAYING. JUST WONDERING IF THERE IS SOME OTHER WAY TO TELL IF THEY ARE TO OLD.
     
  2. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope someone can answer this , as I have wondered the same thing. I too have some hens that I don't know how old they are. I mean can you tell just by looking at them? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    interesting question... will be checking back to see soem answers
     
  4. BRYAN662

    BRYAN662 Out Of The Brooder

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    some one in here should have a answer please
     
  5. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    a drop of food coloring dripped inside the hen's vent will tint the egg for a day or two and you will be able to tell which hen is laying which egg. (or not laying)
     
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  7. brimag

    brimag New Egg

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    Check the space between the pelvic bones. If laying, LF should be about
    three finger width. Bantams - two fingers. Bones should be pliable
    if laying( to accomodate egg passage ). Also, a non-layer's comb
    will be pale and somewhat shrunken.
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I remember reading on here that their combs and wattles will lighten up alot if they are getting old and not as productive-the yellow around the eyes and on their legs fade... [​IMG]
     

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