Combs turning red early.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KamikazeKei, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. KamikazeKei

    KamikazeKei Hatching

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    Hey! I wanted to ask something. My chickens are about a month old and me and my grandma noticed something. Their combs are turning red. We know it's a sign of sexual maturity but it doesn't make sense because they are only 1 month old. They aren't black, or pale pink or purple or anything. I don't even think they have some sort of specific breed. Just, their crowns are already red.
     
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  2. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Crowing

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    You might have a group of roosters. I've started to see color in combs as early as 2-3 weeks. Feel free to post some pictures - if you can include pictures of their whole body including their legs - bigger feet and thicker legs are another sign of roosters.
     
  3. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    I second that - roos comb colour first, and can start from just a few weeks old.
    BYW, hello @KamikazeKei ! welcome to BYC :frow
     
  4. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Free Ranging

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    Hi! Welcome to BYC! I sure hope you don't have all roosters. That would be sad.
     
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  5. Keeperofmunchkins

    Keeperofmunchkins Songster

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    It is very likely that they are cockerels if their combs are red at one month old. Post photos for more accurate opinions.
     
  6. KamikazeKei

    KamikazeKei Hatching

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    Thanks for the help, hello to you all too. Here's the pictures.
     

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  7. Keeperofmunchkins

    Keeperofmunchkins Songster

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    The chick is your 4th photo looks like a pullet. The rest are all Cockerels
     
  8. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Crowing

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    At 4 weeks old, chicks 1 2 3 5 are cockerels. 4 is a pullet.
     
  9. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Crowing

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    I agree- only 1 pullet.
    You'll want to reduce to 1 cockerel/rooster and find your pullet some female companions. As the sole girl, she'll be the subject of torment as boys mature sooner than pullets- they will all start using her for practice, a bad situation from her. I'm so sorry you got such an unfair proportion!
     
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