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Blue Orpington: A roo from the start?

post #1 of 9
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Hello,

 

I am asking this for a friend of mine, because he is no member of this forum and he is not able to write in English.

 

So, what happened: he got a pair of blue Orpingtons some time ago and the hen wanted to have some babies; she was so stubborn that he let her do whatever she wants, even this late in year.

But the problem came around the 16-17 day, and suddently she left her eggs. Weird hen, first she wanted babies and then she left them. :idunno

So I drove to him with my incubator and we placed her eggs.

 

Today he phoned me, telling me that two babies made it (3 are in the run), but he is a little concerned about how the black/blue one (he is not sure at the moment) look like, because it came out of the egg with a reddish looking comb around five hours ago.

 

The other one (the splash one) did not have a comb.

So, is it possible that the blue Orpingtons, the male ones, did already hatch with a comb? Or can this happen with females either, having combs from the start of their lives?

post #2 of 9

No, it is not possible for chicks to hatch with a mature comb of a cockerel. It's possible it could have been a blood-spot or something from the egg. Cockerels will produce a larger and redder comb at about 3-10 weeks, depending on the breed. 

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post #3 of 9

Chicks are born with combs and spur buds, but they are small and undeveloped.

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post #4 of 9
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Chicks are born with combs and spur buds, but they are small and undeveloped.

I agree. Combs of a pullet and cockerel look the same when they hatch.

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post #5 of 9
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Thank you, whatever it is he is concerned about, I will take a look at Saturday and make some pics for you. Could not believe it either.
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No, it is not possible for chicks to hatch with a mature comb of a cockerel. It's possible it could have been a blood-spot or something from the egg. Cockerels will produce a larger and redder comb at about 3-10 weeks, depending on the breed. 

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Chicks are born with combs and spur buds, but they are small and undeveloped.

X2 on both of the above posts.

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Chicks are born with combs and spur buds, but they are small and undeveloped.

Agreed

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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post #8 of 9

agreed also

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post #9 of 9
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I am so sorry that i bothered you. Even with no experiance with Orpingtons, i could see yesterday that there was some blood from the hatching. What i could see were some spoots, an uneven area, where the comb will be, some day. ;-)
Edited by Gardenalex - 11/1/15 at 5:43am
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