Knowing the age of our Austrolorps

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by steveg144, Jan 20, 2011.

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    steveg144 Out Of The Brooder

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    So we have "Camilla" (our Leghorn) and "Nigella" (our Austrolorps). Those identifications are based on wading through boatloads of googled "chicken pictures". [​IMG] So Camilla pops out an egg a day, no matter what (we call her "Old Faithful"...). Nigella, not a single egg yet. I know all the reasons why she wouldn't lay in winter, but was wondering if there's any way to tell, without slicing them down the middle and counting the rings [​IMG] , how old she is? Interesting thing I just noticed: the places on her face where her "temples" and "eyebrows" would be if she were human have a sheen of grey hair (ok, feathers, but you know what I mean). Is a "touch of grey" a normal part of Austrolorps coloration? Or do hens "go grey" when they get older? Thanks as always, gang!
     

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