Comb size?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickmom, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I was wondering if those of you with Australorp hens that are laying, could post pictures.

    I just want to compare how the comb and wattles should look so I can get an idea of when mine will be ready to start laying.[​IMG]
     
  2. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :)Hello!

    I'm sure someone here has Australorp hens.
     
  3. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do!!!

    These two pics were taken at 25 weeks...they started to lay the next week. (How old are yours?)

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    And these were taken after they'd both been laying about a month:

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    Hope those help!! Also, you can tell they're getting ready if they've started squatting. You can't miss it....if you run your hand over their back (don't even have to touch them) they squat down really fast and arch their back and pull back their wings. Mine all started laying a week to 10 days after the squatting started.
     
  4. karri25

    karri25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those chickens are so cute.I love them:)
     
  5. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 20 pullets and 1 roo. They are 19 wks old now. A couple of them have reallly red and good size combs and wattles. Also 3 or 4 of them are squatting for me already.
     
  6. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be any time then...the trend has been that everyone seems to be starting to lay a little on the late side, but it sounds like your girls might be getting ready.
     

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