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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sara, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I bought my son 3 silkies at a sale about 2 weeks ago. There is one roo and 2 hens, but there have been no eggs laid since we brought them home. Is there a way to tell if they are too young or too old to lay? I'll try to take a picture of them in a little bit. thanks
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, thats a tough one. On the roo, you can look for spurs. Usually they show up when they are about 8 months old but this can vary. If they are really big, he could be over a year, if they were not removed. Also check the hens pelvic bones and see the width. If they are pliable, she is probably ready to lay, if the vent is also wide and moist, she is laying. the stress of moving could have caused them to stop laying. Check their overall condition and see if they have scars or how their feet look. Since they are new, I would also check for bugs or lice on them. Generally if they are old, they will still lay, just not as many. It is possible that they are also going through molt. Maybe post pics of them, especially combs and feet or spurs and maybe people can make a guess. How they were raised can also greatly impact how old they appear. It's really hard to say.
     
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    they look quite healthy and fluffy. I'll have to go out and inspect them better for the things you suggested. I figured they would have started laying again after two weeks of being here, well actually almost three weeks. Brent is so dissapointed, but i told him that's the chance you take when you buy at a sale.
     

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