Molting and Determining Production of Laying Hens, By David D. Frame, DVM, Extension Poultry Specialist

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EVALUATION OF HENS IN PRODUCTION

A frequently asked question from agricultural Extension agents is, “How can I tell if hens are in egg production?” Although there are numerous publications treating this question in profound depth, the purpose of this fact sheet is to provide agricultural agents as well as
the inquisitive small flock owner with a brief synopsis that will serve as a helpful guide. Besides the obvious presence or absence of eggs in the nest, the status and duration of egg production in chickens can be evaluated by:

Pigmentation
Body condition
Condition and state of feathering Each of these criteria will be discussed in subsequent sections.

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