Hello I am some what new to chicken keeping and this is my first rooster, I was flipping through pictures of him today and realized his comb and waddle have shrunk significantly.
The left picture was taken 11/11/14 he is a craigs list Jersey Giant and I was told he is 7 months old, the second was taken today at so he is roughly 11-12 months old now 1/26/15
He was previously raised with another smaller rooster that picked on him and ripped his tail feathers out, and I was thinking that is why he has such a mello dare I say polite domineer. Not one tiny sign of aggression toward anybody, No wing flapping, mounting females (he has 5) In fact he does not even crow! Which at first I thought was amazing but now that I see the difference in comb/waddle I am hoping it is not a hormonal issue. He does talk..ie:" bawk bawwwk" so I know his vocal chords work..He free ranges all day with ducks and goats plus gets really good feed morning and night, and we have really good well water. He sleeps in a coop with the ladies and is the only rooster for at least a 2 +miles!
Is this waddle comb thing to be worried about? Do combs and waddles shrink during winter/ lack of competition? His spurs are still growing so is it Hormonal? Is he sick, if so what should I try?
Edited by jessylee - 1/26/15 at 2:17pm