Knowing the age of our Austrolorps

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

  1. steveg144

    steveg144 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2011
    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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