16 wk. old pullets comb & wattle colors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dee88, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 pullets, all about 16 or 17 wks. old. I notice when I let them out in the a.m. their combs/wattles are sometimes red and sometimes pink. The color changes from day to day. In the evening they can be as read as a beet, is this because of the heat? I've noticed this for about 2 weeks and I thought maybe they are getting close to laying but then the colors change. Anyone know what this means? Thanks.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'm guessing its temperature sensitive.
     
  3. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    That's funny because my girls are beet red in the face in the morning, but by evening they are pretty pale pink. [​IMG] Odd how they vary!
     
  4. elizabethlongwood

    elizabethlongwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed the same thing on my 18/19 week old pullets. Sometimes they are bright pinkish red, other times they are a much paler pink. I live in Florida, so I chalked it up to the heat.
     
  5. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I think the heat does have a little something to do with it. I'm "hoping" the color changes mean they are in "training" and getting close to laying eggs!!! Maybe it's a hormone thing! Thanks for your posts.
     
  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours started to turn red at 16wks. They all stayed red and started laying at 19wks. Some are still coming on. These are barred and Buff Rocks.
     

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