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27 Week Old Australorp, No Comb!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by meggybeth, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. meggybeth

    meggybeth New Egg

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    Hello!! I've searched these forums for help, but couldn't find anything really.

    I have a 27 week old pullet. I have 4 total in my backyard coop...and three of them are doing awesome! Full combs and wattles, 2 have started laying (despite being the middle of winter and freezing temps)...the third showing all the signs she will start laying soon. I'm worried about my Australorp hen. She barely has a comb or wattle. I've attached photos. Her health overall seems good- she eats, drinks, poops etc like the rest of them. She is never too interested in me, and rarely takes snacks from my hands like the other girls. More concerning, she is not showing any signs of laying anytime soon. Has anyone had any experience with this? Any suggestions? Advice? Thanks in advance!

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] From the pictures she appears to be in excellent condition. She's just a slower maturing pullet.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That comb is awfully small..the size could be a genetic anomaly.
    But it looks pretty red, are you sure she's not laying?

    Butt checks might be in order:
    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
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  4. meggybeth

    meggybeth New Egg

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    100% sure she is not laying. She barely let me near her- super skittish for an Australorp (my legbar is nicer than her). I just checked her, again no signs of laying....but appears smaller...and less than 2 fingers.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I usually examine them off the roost at night, much easier to 'catch' them then.
    Will be curious to see if her comb actually grows larger when she does start laying.
     
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  6. meggybeth

    meggybeth New Egg

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    I'll re-examine her tonight! And will post if she starts laying with her little comb or if it gets any larger!
     

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