Comb fading, getting ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickensNCoffee, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. ChickensNCoffee

    ChickensNCoffee Just Hatched

    May 31, 2016
    I have 7 red sex links (all my girls! Hopefully), they're almost 5 months now. I feed them daily. Fresh water daily. Bedding changed every 2 weeks. Treats of some sort (corn, worms, seeds, fresh grass clippings every other day). Today I noticed a few of my chickens combs were faded. From red to a pink. A farmer down the road said that's a sign they're getting ready to lay? Something about pulling pigment for their yolks? Any truth in that? Just don't want a bunch of sick chickens.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If anything, the opposite would be expected when a pullet is about to start laying from my observations. If you are concerned you may wish to add vitamin supplements or electrolytes to their drinking water may perk them up a little.

  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    I agree with CTKen. A pullet about to lay should have a comb that is getting more red, not the other way around.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What are you feeding?
    They need good balanced feed all day, and treats kept to a minimum.

    Pullets(all birds) comb color can brighten up in a minutes time with exertion and/or excitement,
    then pale back out when they relax.....'ll drive ya nuts when waiting for the pullets to lay.

    Not sure it has anything to do with 'pulling pigment for their yolks'....
    ......tho I have some pale combed hens that are still <shrugs>.
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I've never heard that farmer's tale. A pullet who is nearing POL will have a comb that gets much more RED, and fuller. Her face will also get redder. If she is a breed with light colored legs, you will notice that they are much more yellow, or even have some red tint to them. After her laying cycle is well established, and she is coming to the end of her cycle, her comb and facial color will diminish, her comb will shrink and become pale and dry, and her shanks will blanch out. With each new cycle, you'll see a repeat of these color changes.

    My pullets are 15 weeks old now. I'm watching and waiting. Seeing some facial changes, they are "playing house" in the nest boxes, and one was singing the egg song yesterday.

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