Comb Color - Buff Orpingtons

Darlagips

In the Brooder
7 Years
Feb 1, 2012
59
1
39
Splendora, TX
At about what age do Buff Orpington hens start to get a really red comb? Mine are 4 months old now and just showing a pinkish tint. They have been wormed. So I was just wondering when I could expect them to turn really red. And when that happens? Does it mean they are about ready to begin laying?
 

Crabella

Songster
9 Years
Mar 22, 2010
202
3
101
Inland Pacific NW
This is my first year with buff orpingtons. I was told they mature a little later than some other breeds, and not to expect them to lay until 20-26 weeks, or even a little later. With my older hens the comb became bright red before laying, so I think while they are getting closer, you have a while yet.

and congrats on getting pullets, I have four and I am beginning to think that 3 of the 4 are roos. sigh. I don't need more roos.
 

Jubilee1111

Songster
10 Years
Jan 8, 2010
501
13
143
Austin, TX
My girls start at 23 weeks. The comb and wattles become a super bright red around 20 weeks. Some of them have bigger combs and waddles, while others keep tight little petite looking ones. I've had both hatch from the same parents.
 

OKprairiegirll

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 2, 2013
76
8
43
Oklahoma
This is my blue orpington roo. He is less than three months old and is already very large and has lots of comb and wattle.

Then I have a blue pullet -


The question comes about my buff - same age - no tail to speak of but getting a comb and wattle. What do you think?
 

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