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What age do their combs turn red?

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I have two barred rocks and two New Hampshires.  They are five weeks old.  Purchased from pullets bin at local feed store.  Today, I noticed that 1 of each has a comb starting to turn a little bit pink.  Isn't this a little young?  Or is this a normal age to start going pink for these breeds?

post #2 of 6

Usually they get really red when they start laying or crowing / mating.  Sometimes roos will get a little more pink as they grow, though.  My 6 week or so Barred Rocks are pale pink they were sold as pullets and look to me like they really are.

Are you wondering about their sex?  There are several clues for BR:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=331015&p=1

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0056.jpg

here are my BR roos, 4 weeks old....already turning red....all 9 of my "pullets" were roos...so everything in this pic is 4 weeks and a roo

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0071.jpg

here is a shot of my newest...a BR pullet, see the difference in feather color? Also her comb is not as prominent.


Edited by JodyJo - 5/21/11 at 5:41am
Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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post #4 of 6

Jody........even that one on top second from the right?  Did he develop his comb later?

post #5 of 6
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All signs are that they really are pullets.  The BRs have the round dark feathers, no wattles, small combs.  But it freaked me out when I saw some pink on the comb.  I know they're supposed to have red combs as adult girls, but these are my first chicks so am not sure when I can expect comb growth and color.


Edited by bustermommy - 5/21/11 at 11:21am
post #6 of 6

this is my BR when it was 2-1/2 weeks old and it's omb was more red than the others, and it's white spot was connectd to it's neck. it was also lighter than the others, but i also had another and it barrely got red at 4 weeks. it was lighter than the others though.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89775_img_1989.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89775_img_1970.jpg

3 Barred Rocks, 2 White Japanese Bantams, 3 Red Pyle Old English Game Bantams, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 4 Eastern Wild Turkey Poults.
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3 Barred Rocks, 2 White Japanese Bantams, 3 Red Pyle Old English Game Bantams, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 4 Eastern Wild Turkey Poults.
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