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Do combs and waddles grow out before they're ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3chickchicks, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2013
    N. Texas
    I know it seems like a silly question, but I have a 18 week old dominique. While her comb and waddles are small, what is there for comb and waddles and her face are a deep read half the time. Do waddles have to be grown out before being ready to lay?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013

  2. Krazzy

    Krazzy In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2013
    the combs and waddles will grow out first, and once they turn red they will normally start laying shortly after.
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    Yep, this is the time of year we get lots of panicked people asking us to sex their birds that all of a sudden sprouted comb and wattles.

    Your pullet's comb and wattles will seem like they got bigger and redder overnight a week or two before she starts to lay. They may get even bigger as she matures, depending on breed. Some breeds never have very large combs, or wattles at all.

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