Okay I was just wondering how you would tell a young chicken that is 8 months old to and old chicken that is older. I have 7 older hens that they told me were 1 year old hens I counted I have 16 chickens all together and 8 Muscovy duck's but I was just wondering how can you tell an young hen from and older hen. and the hens have not laid a single egg yet for me could it be due to the stress or them being skinny as i got them this way I have had them sense Sunday and they have been on a combination of cracked corn chicken scratch and Layer crumble pellets now for 5 days they are slowly gaining weight back up everyday but they are still skinny. I just let them out of the pen today for the very first time with me and they went nuts grazing over everything. the people I got them from never fed them and never let them out of there cage so now I have to get them back up to weight. But I was wondering will they lay eggs eventually once they get back up to par on there weight.