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At what age does this happen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newbie32, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. newbie32

    newbie32 Songster

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    Hello everyone, I need advice on my 11 or 12-lost track-week old Orps. At what age do hens start to develop their wattles? They have had small combs for a few weeks now-although 2 of them had pinkish combs. Now all of a sudden they have small wattles and the ones identified as female are darker and seem to be growing within days.

    So are they on track as far as age goes or do I have a problem?
     

  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chirping

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    pictures would help more. I have chickens who are 13 weeks old and the pullets combs are still very pale pink, where the roos are showing and pinkish red. males always develop sooner than females.
     
  3. newbie32

    newbie32 Songster

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    Okay I will take pics tomorrow
     
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    Pics would help but it does sound like you've got pullets. The Cockerels I've had (to rehome) usually start "crowing" at 12wks or sooner, they are beautiful birds.
     
  5. I hatched three Splash Orpingtons during the Easter weekend
    It took weeks to decide what they were and eventually two turned out to be Roos.
    One Godzilla below has only just started to crow now at 6 months old!


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    My Araucanas were crowing at 7 weeks old!
    I also have this lot of boys hatched in May for eating over the next few months!

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  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    BEAUTIFUL birds!
     
  7. newbie32

    newbie32 Songster

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    YES they are beautiful! Sorry no pics today I was super busy!
     

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