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Getting bright red combs

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How do I get my show chickens bright red combs? I always see beautiful combs and wattles and mine have kinda ashy dull combs.
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How old are you chickens? Pullets usually develop red combs when they are reaching laying age. I have observed a change in comb colour over the course of a day in some of my hens. 

 

If they are of laying age and their combs are not red, it could be down to a few things, but firstly I'd suggest adding some vitamin supplements / electrolytes to their water and ensure that you are feeding them proprietary feed with any "treats" constituting less than 10% of their daily feed. There may well be other causes, but this course of action will certainly help you rule out nutrient deficiencies. 

 

All the best

CT

post #3 of 8
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Well these guys are about 9 months now and are laying but they are for showing and their combs are red but kind of ashy and don't look very red
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I'd say that if they are laying as frequently as you'd expect for that breed, then they are happy enough - red comb or not, but I'd still give 'em some vitamin supplements in their water every now and again.

 

CT

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Ok thank you
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You are most welcome

 

CT

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Have you checked them for internal parasites, or mites and lice?  Any of those could compromise their appearance and health. If you talk to others that show, or observe them,  I wonder if they use a bit of Vaseline on the combs to bring out the shine.

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post #8 of 8
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Yes they are parasite free, I thought about Vaseline because maybe the combs are a little dry because of how dry it is where I live
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