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Author:  confederatemule [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:41 am ]
Post subject:  Age

Is there a way to age a hen?
Is there a way to age a Rooster?

Thanks for any answers.
Mule

Author:  sue55 [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Age

Please explain?

Commercial hybrid hens age very quickly due to their very high egg output and the strain it puts on their bodies.

Author:  confederatemule [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Age

sue55 wrote:
Please explain?

Commercial hybrid hens age very quickly due to their very high egg output and the strain it puts on their bodies.


I don't know how to explain. A couple of weeks ago a lady gave us four Red Star hens and one Leghorn lookin hen. I got the impression that this was their first laying season. The red stars lay every day, the Leghorn has layed four times, maybe. The Leghorn has one spur about 3/4-in. long. Her comb is layed over to one side.

I have a Leghorn Rooster I want to put her with. I would like for her to set on some of her fertile eggs, although I have an incubator. She has been with the Rooster for three days and refuses his attention. No eggs either.

I have a Golden Comet hen that I know is at least seven years old. She will not allow a rooster to touch her this year. She still lays every other day. Last year we put her with our oldest rooster. We incubated 15 of her eggs and hatched 9 of them.

Mule

Author:  sue55 [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Age

Stress may be a factor with your Leghorn. Give her some time to get used to the rooster and she should begin to lay again, once laying is re established she may be more co operative with him. Leghorns are not known as a broody breed so be prepared to use your incubator.
It's not unusual for Leghorn hens to develop quite large spurs and the comb should flop to the side in the females.
It's mid Winter here so probably pretty hot where you live - maybe your older hen is feeling the heat. She may mate when the weather is more comfortable.
Have you checked the eggs for fertility. A single (unobserved) mating can result in fertilised eggs for several weeks.

Author:  confederatemule [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Age

She ain't laid an egg since she has been with the rooster. The previous owner did not have a rooster.
I understand candling an egg but I don't know how to check fer fertility.

Mule

Author:  sue55 [ Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Age

What you need to do it look for a 'bulls eye' on the yolk. (germinal disc)
Here's a link

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7978169&p=290039#p290039

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