Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?

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Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« on: February 04, 2012, 10:37 »
Hey,

sorry i not spoke much, been reading mainly :)

So i went to penkridge market and got 3 blue silkies, I am curious how old they are and how long till i start getting eggs, - im not expecting a few yet as how cold it is,


if pics needed, I can provide

Craig
My wife, The kids, Coco the dog, Abunch of hens,

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012, 14:02 »
Hi craig its tony met you at market wednesday they looked about 20 weeks old its a bit harder to tell with silkies, it will take them a while to settle in, you should see eggs soon but they may wait till spring, did you know silkies cant get wet as there fethers are more like fur  :D
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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012, 16:37 »
Silkies are notoriously hard to sex, are you sure they are hens?  Hope so.

And Tony, I know you say silkies aren't supposed to get wet, but you couldn't tell that to our old Klaus, he was out with his girls no matter what the weather!  :)

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012, 18:19 »
o i read somwhere that silkies would get soaked and get a chill  :wacko:

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 20:10 »
also, very very small world tony lol

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 20:12 »
Silkies are notoriously hard to sex, are you sure they are hens?  Hope so.

And Tony, I know you say silkies aren't supposed to get wet, but you couldn't tell that to our old Klaus, he was out with his girls no matter what the weather!  :)


Im having some doubts, about one.. seems bigger n taller then the other 2... and makes far more noise then the other 2..



Craig

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 07:13 »
may end up a cocral then but not always maybe a bit older, are you feeding them on layers pellets ? they will give your chucks all the goodies they need to lay eggs,  :D

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012, 08:55 »
Yea, there havin a varied mix of food... Pellets n seeds, n crumbs


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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 09:03 »
its best to only give corn late afternoon because they will get fat, they are old enough to not give them chick crumbs, if you give them scraps as a treat only give now and then, potato peelings should be boiled first, although the law does say not to give kitchen scraps to any live stock !!!!  :tongue2:

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2012, 09:25 »
Iv not given them anything from the kitchen, or any corn, its just some food i got for them while in penkridge while i waited my delivery of proper food for em,


In the container there's: crumbs, seeds, pellets, as a treat theyv had a few mealworms


A variety so they choose what they want :)

Craig

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2012, 09:25 »
o i read somwhere that silkies would get soaked and get a chill  :wacko:

I think he meant that they shouldn't get wet as they get wet through! :)
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted!!

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Re: Auctioned chickens, how to tell how old they are?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2012, 12:52 »
yep thats what i ment thanks Sassy  :D



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