Cocks comb growth

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Greencastle, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Greencastle

    Greencastle Out Of The Brooder

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    When does a roosters comb start to develop? I have 6 Marans pullets and one has a larger comb than the other 5. They are approximately 4 or 3 months old. Thank you.
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi! I had a Barred Rock rooster who was supposed to be a pullet, and he started developing a comb much earlier than the other birds, probably around the age you mentioned. At first he just looked a lot older and more "chicken-y" than the pullets who still looked like younger birds if that makes any sense. Good luck!
     
  3. Greencastle

    Greencastle Out Of The Brooder

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    Well all the chickens tail feathers have been pulled out from over crowding at the breeder so I can't go by that. It has no curly feathers yet. My neighbor dick will just have to get used to it if it's a boy....
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most rooster develop a red comb early in life, 3-6 weeks, where pullets start to get red at around 3-5 months. Posting a photo might help.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Marans cockerels should be readily apparent at about 5-6 weeks, comb and wattles will be larger and much redder than the pullets.
    They'd probably be crowing by 3-4 months and may also be starting to grow the pointy hackle and saddle feathers.
     
  6. Greencastle

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    Ok thank you, it is bigger and more red than the others. Do the pullets eventually get as red?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yes, once they start laying.
     

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