How do you know the age of your chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CayleeMarie03, May 15, 2012.

  1. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I was wondering how to tell the age of my chickens?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at the wear on their teeth. Once they grow up it is difficult to tell the age of a chicken. Different breeds age at different rates. Individuals also tend to show ages differently. A freshly molted bird looks better than one who hasn't gone through molt.
     
  3. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So funny, that is horses silly! I look for patches of grey in their feathers, (just joking)
     
  4. RIRMOM

    RIRMOM Out Of The Brooder

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    We recently adopted a RIR Rooster and hen and was wondering the same thing....about how old are they? Is there anything to go by at all?
     
  5. 2greenboyz

    2greenboyz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only clue I ever got was to look at the legs. A younger one will have more yellowish legs b/c the color (can't remember what chemical it is) gets used in egg production and as they get older - say after a year or so, that yellow color fades to tan or grey or whatever their normal leg color will be.
     

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