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Laying chickens
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Tedd    Posted 03-01-2005 at 06:09:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I did not manage my chicken house properly. Over the past few years I have accepted hatchings from schools and friends always thinking I would remember which chickens were older then others. Now I am feeding too many non-egg producers and I want to cut the size of my flock. After a while they kind of look the same. How can I sort the layers from the non-layers? In the future I promise my self I will use those plastic leg rings.

gran    Posted 03-01-2005 at 06:47:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good morning from where the tuplips are blooming,the sun is high in the sky,and all is well with the world. (the sun isn't up yet,but it will be)Went to Cenex shopping for straw bales yesterday,hope to get some while my bro and his pickup is visiting. He has this ,what I call, a baby truck. It is a little bitty thing that isn't worth a damn.How little is little? he figures he can haul two bales at a time.(There are times when I kick my own behind for letting our truck go when hubby went). I have ploted where I am going to grow my bale garden and will need 20 of then suckers.Poor bro, he will spend the next two days geting them out here.The coffee pot is pluged in(still use a perk)so am going to catch a little sleep before the dance of the bales start.

Dale Anne    Posted 03-01-2005 at 06:23:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Tedd, unless you have really old hens they should all still be laying..just some more often then others. I am not sure of a sure fire way to tell the age of a chicken but i have noticed over the years that the color of the legs seem to blanch and if ya look at the back end of yer chickens ya will see a slight clumping of the feathers from the bloom[wet slime] that is produced with the egg when layed...if you cant see this clumping it's a good sign that yer hen needs to go into the stew pot.I rotate my hens every 2-3 years depending on how many I have...not that they arent laying! but just to keep my hens at a reasonable number.I buy a different kind of hen each year thus elimanating the problem of how old is who...I sell off my 3 year olds for $7.00-$10.00 each since they are organic...the hens that arent organic are show hens and go much higher.The hens that I dont sell get stewed within a month or 2 of my beggining to sell them....I have heard of hens laying into the 5th year...thinner shells or a lil mishaped but never the less still good eating.....If I were you I would go ahead and start the banding with a new flock...kull off what ya can put into the freezer[holding a few back for eggs] and start new...when yer new flock starts to lay go ahead and kull the rest if you feel the smaller eggs are ok fer yer family[older hens lay larger eggs]...good luck...Dale Anne

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