COMB Growth

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SteveBaz, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The girls seem to be growing their Combs with an exception to my Plymouth Rock who has a bright orange kind of comb and wattles that is really part of the beak. How many weeks or months if you prefer for the comb to really start being defined? Their combs now are just tiny little saw teeth on the top of their head 1/8 or so long. As they become a more mature at what age do you folks think or had yours start having combs and wattles?

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  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    It varies by breed, individual, and position in the pecking order. However, the pullets mostly tend to get noticably larger and redder combs/wattles as they near point-of-lay (which is somewhere in the 15-30 week range).

    In my little mixed flock, I have one pullet that started developing at 5 weeks (and yes, she's a she) and another with barely a hint of comb at 20 weeks so it's been all over the place here.
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    They get their comb right before they start laying. It's different for each pullet. My 26 week old brahma has not grown her full comb and my RIR grew her full comb at 23-24 weeks. My SS grew her full comb at 21 weeks.
     
  4. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?
     
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I purchased them from a local feed and urban farm store @ 3 weeks on Aug 8th so that makes them 7 weeks to 8 weeks give or take a day or so. They are healthy as all get out, active ,curious and on the move from sun up until sun down with and exception to their daily ritual and that is their sleepi poos in some cool sandy corner. Funny little creatures. My Pilgrim Rock has two now that I have been looking harder.

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