How do you tell the age of the chicken? HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sutphindanesnchickens, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. sutphindanesnchickens

    sutphindanesnchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering how old my hens are not sure and was wondering if there is a way to check it? they are going thru molt? right now so not sure? HELP
     
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    you can tell the age their around up until about a year old.. then they've stopped "developing" and they just blend in with 10 year old hens etc...
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's difficult once they're full grown. There are a few things that may help, but they aren't fully accurate. Old hens may have spurs. Young hens will have smooth legs, old hens will have thick scales (old scales laying on top of new scales). Old hens may have shorter tail feathers. You can check the rate of production. A young hen will lay very frequently, an old hen may not lay at all. If it is a laced variety (such as brown red), lots of lacing may mean she is old. Good luck!
     

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