color changing comb and wattle

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by katieJo, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. katieJo

    katieJo Hatching

    Feb 11, 2014
    Mesa AZ
    I went out to clean the coop this morning and after I was done my Barred Rock came over for me to pet her. I pet her for about 5 min. After that I noticed that her comb and wattle turned light pink, almost a whitish color. After a few min. it turned back red. Is this normal? She is about 21 weeks. Not laying yet.
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    When a pullet gets a bright red comb it means she is about to start laying eggs. I would guess she is about to start laying eggs. She is the right age.

    I am not sure about the comb and wattles changing colors within a few minutes.
  3. WeBeCluckin

    WeBeCluckin In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2014
    Spokane Wa
    I've noticed a couple of my Black Autralorps doing that too. At first I thought my hen was anemic and got worried about mites but I never found any on her. Then I noticed my rooster doing it when my son was holding him. I presume this is something of a stress response?
  4. julesisthehen

    julesisthehen In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2014
    I think it's more of a hormone surge, it happens to my blue Langshan all the time. It is nothing to worry about, it just happens. Can mean she will start laying fairly soon.

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