the age of a hen.......

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rhpues, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. rhpues

    rhpues Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 2 rir. both layed for about 2 weeks. Now only one lays an egg everyday. I know it is hot and that could cause it. Could I have bought older hens? How do you tell?
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    For a horse, cow, dog, or cat you look at their teeth,...... so,...... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I don't know if their is a way to age an older hen. Sorry.
     
  3. ChickMandy

    ChickMandy Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted the same question yesterday. My only reply said to look at the scales on their shanks (legs). Older chickens have larger, rougher scales. Unfortunately, it's not like there's a definite science to it, where a certain size scale indicates a particular age.

    They could also just be getting used to the new environment and going through an adjustment period.

    Hope that helps a bit!
     
  4. rhpues

    rhpues Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tks
     
  5. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say the uniformity of the eggs. A young hen will generally have near perfect shaped eggs. Hens beyond the age of 3-4 will often have slightly misshapen eggs where the oviduct weakens over time.
     

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