What's a henway?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nonny, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    But seriously.... what DOES a hen weigh? I don't have scales here other than tiny kitchen ones, and need to know roughly what my girls weigh (for the treadle feeder I'm building). Is there an "average" weight for Black Australorps? I can't see any of them standing still long enough for me to use the old fashioned "see saw" scales method.
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Hi Nonny in Qld,

    That is such an interesting question.

    I got this from an internet site:
    Product Facts

    Black Australorp Chicken Info
    Adult Weight - Male: 8.5 pounds ; Female: 7.5 pounds
    Color - Black with greenish purple sheen, Large red comb
    Purpose - Dual Purpose - Egg Laying and Meat Production
    Egg Production - Prolific: 250+ per year
    Egg Color - Brown
    Country of Origin -Australia

    Here is the link:http://www.efowl.com/Black_Australorp_Chickens_p/1053.htm
    Never have I purchased from this company, but I really appreciate the thorough description that they provide of the breeds that the sell. Now, I guess a coversion to kg, and will they weigh the same in the southern hemisphere? :O)

    I am going to take one of those platform scales out, and tell each of mine to stand on it to get their monthly weighing. Mine (not Australorps)weigh in at about 4 to 4.5 pounds. I'm just so sure that they will cooperate if I just hold a meal worm just out of reach. Now seriously, the first time I weighed them I weighed a towel, then wrapped each one in the towel, Put each on a scale, took the weight and subtracted the towel, but I know it was not too accurate.
  4. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hmmm.... one site says 5lb, the other says 7.5lb.... I guess I should go with the lightest, as long as it's still heavier than a wild bird. I'd hate for the girls not to be able to activate the feeder.

    Loosely converted I might estimate a bare minimum of 2kg per bird, which should mean I can use a 2 litre water bottle as a counterweight to test the treadle with. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the info both of you! [​IMG]

    Edit: Actually, maybe they weigh less in Oz due to lesser fat stores and/or greater water loss in our warmer climate? Just a random thought.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011

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