Is there a way to tell the age of an older chicken?

sourland

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Well, there are significant differences between young, mature and ancient. Other than that buying birds is a crap shoot. Sadly many folks are willing to take advantage of others. Saw your birds on your other thread. They are evidently mature and completing a molt making them at least 1.5 years old. Of course they could be older than that, but do not appear to be 'ancient'.
 

ChickenJV12

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Well, there are significant differences between young, mature and ancient. Other than that buying birds is a crap shoot. Sadly many folks are willing to take advantage of others. Saw your birds on your other thread. They are evidently mature and completing a molt making them at least 1.5 years old. Of course they could be older than that, but do not appear to be 'ancient'.
Is there a way to tell? Or not really?
 

Mrs. K

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Until they look ancient... however, before the molt, 3 of mine did look ancient, and now they got new feathers and they look like teenagers, or an older woman with a good die job!
 

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