Need Help determining a layer please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Habibs Hens, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    Hi guys

    i got a pullet here about 20-22 weeks now

    which is about right time to lay

    the comb is slightly more red than before and the legs getting paler

    what i wanted to ask is does anyone have pictures or a utube video link to show me exactly how to check the pelvic opening of the hens please

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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Just wondering why you would do that....What breed is she, do you know? 20 weeks is the average. Some breeds take longer, some a bit shorter, but one thing is for sure, she will lay when she's good and ready. ;)
     
  3. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    it to make sure my hens are not sick or depressed in any way and will be happy layers

    im not in a rush to get eggs as i have productive hens as well as POL pullets

    btw they are Columbian Blacktails

    here is a chart of what i was talking about and wanted to know


    Trait Productive chicken Unproductive chicken
    General condition lively dull
    Weight good usually fairly light
    Wattle and comb soft; bright red pale and rough
    Eyes lively dull; yellow rims
    Pigment (yellow breeds) disappears stays longer
    Cloaca large, soft, moist shrivelled, dry
    Distance between lay bones large (± 5 cm) small (± 2 cm)
    Distance between breastbone and lay bones large (± 8 cm) small (± 4 cm)
    Skin soft, loose thick, fat under the skin
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Oh, Columbian blacktail sounds like a beautiful breed! Sounds like you take a more scientific approach to chickens. Very interesting chart!

    I can't help with the exam you want to do but I wish you the best! I'm sure someone will come along that can help.

    Take care and we would love to see some pics of that breed!

    Sharon
     
  5. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    hi sharon

    i think its an obsetion but i take a scientific and very nosy approch ti everythign

    i like to know everything

    right down to my kids when they where yound i used to calculate every calorie they took in

    even shocked the dietition, she said your the first dad i know that actually calculated the calories in baby milk per bottle, she was impressed non the less :)

    here are some pics of my pullets

    3 columbian Blacktails, 1 Amber Star, 1 White Star, 1 Warren, 1 Speckledy

    The Blacktails you could mistake them for hawks if they were smaller

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