How can you tell how old a hen is?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewHamp99, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. NewHamp99

    NewHamp99 Just Hatched

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    I bought 5 New hampshires recently and was wondering if there are any ways for telling how old they are. This is mainly because I want to know when they're going to produce eggs!
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You might try posting pictures in the breed and gender forum, especially if you think you might have a roo. You can guess a general age by size and how well they are feathered and developed. In general though, if they are fully feathered and about adult size they are probably four months or better and a couple of weeks or month or so before pullets start to lay the combs and wattles will grow and get red.
     

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