Pullets of unknown ages

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HHandbasket, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Hi everyone,

    A week or so ago, I was talking about my pullets and how they turned out to be a lot younger than we were told they were when they were sold to us. I have had a hard time getting good pictures, but I got a couple of good ones in the last few days. Here is a picture of me holding Juanita, my barred rock. She's my little buddy! I have had my birds for 3-1/2 weeks. When I got them on May 29th, I was told they were "about 3 months, maybe as young as 10 weeks". I realize now they were more like 5 or 6 weeks, but I did not know any better at the time. I am still not sure how old they were/are! So here are the pics:

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    She is getting a good comb, though it's still not red.

    I think you can actually see all 5 of them in this picture:

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    I think the only one that is the actual age I was told they were is the easter egger, Bertha. Now THAT is a temperamental bird! She's not mean or aggressive or anything, but it's perfectly OK with her if humans don't ever touch her. Kinda a snooty Sister Bertha Betterthanyou. LOL.

    Here's my girls getting greens from the garden that they just love! It's a pretty good shot of Bertha's face.

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    I hope the uploads came out ok.

    I took these with my cell phone, so sorry if they're a little fuzzy.

    I think these pullets right now are roughly about 10 weeks, maybe 12. They are approixmately 1-1/2 times the size they were when I brought them home on May 29th.

    The EE is beginning to cluck and make "chickeny" vocalizations. So is the leghorn, who is supposedly the youngest of the flock. I was told the EE would start laying in late June or early July, but I think she's a little younger and won't lay until late July, if then. I was told the rest of them would start laying in August, "maybe" as late as September.

    Thoughts?

    These are our first chickens. We have lots of books and have viewed lots of websites, but nothing that shows what they should look like at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, etc.

    Thanks to everyone in advance!
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  2. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Cute girls! Sounds like a good age estimate to me. [​IMG] You've been doing your research! Your pullets look very well loved and cared for, too. Good luck with them!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    Nice chickens! I love Barred Rocks, they're so friendly and dependable layers no matter what. Your EE might be the last one to lay an egg and your Leghorn will probably be the first to lay you a nice small white egg. Dont worry though, they'll all lay small eggs at first and they'll get bigger as they grow.
     
  4. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I've been told by a few that the leghorn might be the 1st one to lay an egg because they are such prolific layers and can sometimes start very young. It's going to be neat when it happens, whichever one of them it is! I know we're not supposed to play favorites with our pets, but of all my birds, Juanita the barred rock is my favorite. I hope she lays first, though I realize it will probably be Felipa (the leghorn).
     

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