Do combs and wattles grow with age?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by raleighcoopman, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. raleighcoopman

    raleighcoopman New Egg

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    Hi,
    new to the group. I have four pullets at about 4 months old, 3 sexlinks and 1 amauracuana. Their combs and wattles are all pretty small. are they going to stay small, or do they grow larger with time, or with the seasons? Only one of the sexlink pullets wattles have started to grow larger and redder than the rest.
    Thanks, any help would be great.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    As your pullets mature their combs & wattles will grow larger and get more reddish which is a sign they are will lay soon and are laying good....when they go into their first molt of losing feathers and quit laying for awhile the combs will shrink alittle and become pale...also if they are having any health problems....
     
  3. raleighcoopman

    raleighcoopman New Egg

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    thank you,
    they haven't started laying at all yet. At what age do they go into their first molt?
     
  4. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes , just wait until there about 3 or 4 years old and their wattles are dragging on the ground!
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Your pullets if they are 4 months old are not going to have an adult molt til they are over a year old...some hens when they molt it looks like there were pillow fights in the coop/runs or that a chicken exploded and can get feather bare......some will molt very lightly....anywhere from next Aug to Nov. is molting time for most chickens...even roosters molt....
     

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