How old is she? Found in blizzard.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by notsooldmcdonald, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. notsooldmcdonald

    notsooldmcdonald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All-

    My husband and I "rescued" this girl in a blizzard that hit our area last week. I'm curious as to how old she might be (I wonder occaisionally if she'll ever lay). What do you think? She's actually come a long way since we found her. Originally her beak, legs, and a circle around her eye were _white_. What do you think? She's super sweet.
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    -Christian
     
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  2. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey thats a really cool that you rescued her. Oh and glad to see more Nh people on here!
     
  3. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
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    she looks dark like a rir, i dont think she looks old,?

    nh, me too
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
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    Young pullet I'd say. Not very old.
     
  5. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree looks like a young RIR.
     
  6. notsooldmcdonald

    notsooldmcdonald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking she might not be that old as her wattles and comb aren't that developed. Yeah, it was a weird thing; I got a call from a colleague who was on vacation in Florida. Her daughter-in-law-to-be caller _her_ and said they had a random chicken in their yard. None of their neighbors have chickens (they've continued to ask around too) and she was hiding under their car.

    Her beak, legs, and a very defined ring around her eye were almost completely white. She now has some frostbite-like discoloring on the very tips of her toes, but seems to be doing ok. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her!

    -C
     
  7. Marco

    Marco New Egg

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    I agree, RIR. However, if her legs and beak are as pale as they seem, and not bright yellow, then she has probably gone through at least one laying season.
     
  8. Marco

    Marco New Egg

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    PS. I'm sure she appreciates the shelter and hospitality!
     
  9. jlmann

    jlmann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep definately a RIR and with her comb so pale it could be a while before she lays any eggs. She may have just molted . Keep an eye on her comb it will turn to a brighter red and appear thicker when she is ready to lay. She still isn't a very old bird I'd say maybe a year to 18 months. Very kind of you to take her in!
     
  10. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    She is a very nice looking RIR, I agree she is young and has maybe gone through 1 egg laying cycle. I have 1 that was found last summer that looks a lot like her. They are very sweet [​IMG] Good luck with her she is lucky you have taken her in [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Karan
     

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