Almost 12 weeks old but no color in combs...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by debryman, May 7, 2011.

  1. debryman

    debryman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, they barely have any combs to speak off. The white leghorns have the most but only about a quarter of an inch at the tallest. I have 2 of each of the following: BO, BA, BR, RIR & White Leghorn. They all are still pink rather than getting red on their combs. They do have a bit of red on their faces and little slivers of waddles are darker too. Is this normal? Should I be feeding them something I'm not? Their feed is 18% grow feed and they range around the yard for several hours daily (but not much green here in the desert) and I also give them greens everyday. Any help, advice or just reassurance that they are fine would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    They are just fine. The combs, wattles will be nice and red when they are about to start laying eggs. Switch over to layer feed at about 18-20 weeks or when one of them lays her first egg.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It's still early for them to be developing and turning red. It won't happen until right before they start to lay.
     
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am so glad you posted that question ! I have a pullet - white Plymouth Rock, she's about 3 months old, comb is yellow & some days I think I can see pink starting to show.
     
  5. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people cross thier fingers and hope they don't see any red for a while...because that's a sign of a roo at that point! Sounds like you have little pullets and they are probably doing well.
     
  6. debryman

    debryman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all so much! I thought I was maybe missing some ingredient in their food or something. Glad to know they are normal!
     

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