Comb Color - Buff Orpingtons

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Darlagips, May 25, 2012.

  1. Darlagips

    Darlagips In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2012
    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?
  2. Crabella

    Crabella Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    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.
  3. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chirping

    Mar 11, 2012
    Nanton, AB, Canada
    My one BO is about 10 weeks old, and has red face and waddles, but her comb is fairly flesh toned still, just pinkening around the base.
  4. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Songster

    Jan 8, 2010
    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.
  5. OKprairiegirll

    OKprairiegirll In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2013
    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. [​IMG]

    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?[​IMG]

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