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Blue Orpington: A roo from the start?

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

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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!

 

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And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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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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