how to tell the age of a chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 11langenkamp_w, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. 11langenkamp_w

    11langenkamp_w Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    sidney, ohio
    How do you tell the age of a chicken?
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:look at their driver's license [​IMG]

    [​IMG] sorry, I don't know for sure. I'm not sure if you can tell, unless you know who you're buying them from, and if they are honest enough to say. I have a roo who I think is two years old - but I really have no clue. I wouldn't know what to look at to tell, or if you even CAN tell just by looking.

    not much help, am I ?

  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Are you concerned about them laying?

    If that is the reason, you can look into the subjects of "culling" and "laying hens." There's information online thru the Cooperative Extension Service - use "site:edu" for a google search of the terms.

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  4. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Yesterday by a chance an older man and his wife came by my house to let me look at some of thier electric tools, and while the women was in my garage she seen my SLW hen in a gage and she said to me this hen is still young may be less than year old, I said yes mam that's corect! and then she told me look at the legs of the chickens and you might be able to guess how old a chicken can be.

  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Cut the feet off and count the rings.

  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:I was just going to say measure their wattles. [​IMG] j/k
  7. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    You guys are just [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You can usually guess ages pretty well within the first 8 weeks of life within a few weeks, then within a month or so up to about 8 months old... but beyond that... it can be hard to tell a 2 year old from 4 year old bird or older. The conditon of their legs and feathers can vary once they get over a year or two old, as a freshly moulted 5 year old bird who isn't laying often can have a better "condition" than a 18 month old bird just before moult and has been laying all year long.
  9. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    My Dad was trying to explain to me how to feel their pelvises and you could gauge their age and whether or not they are close to/laying. It garnered an eye roll from me (I know precisely how old they are....), but he seemed to know what he was talking about...
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN

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