Do combs pop up at 3.5 weeks in some breeds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ninabeast, May 9, 2011.

  1. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ask the question because my Ruby (AKA Little Red) about whom I had questions a couple weeks ago when s/he feathered slowly, had a pink comb sprout up over night. I have a very bad feeling about this (we will not be keeping any roosters).

    That said, she's a Production Red and our other two Production Reds have had a comb spurt too. Does this happen with pullets, and does it vary from breed to breed (I would think it would.)

    I'll post a pic later; the little monsters are sleeping...
     
  2. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we need a pic
     
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a copper marans that I KNEW was a boy. She was tall and gangly and looked like a raven (her name is Edgar, short for Edgar Allen Poe). [​IMG] She had a large comb all along, but it never deepened in color. She is now 11 weeks and has grown into her comb, which is still light pink and hardly visible now. Post a picture. I'm sure that someone will be able to tell. [​IMG]
     
  4. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    N&MSchroeder :

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    I had a copper marans that I KNEW was a boy. She was tall and gangly and looked like a raven (her name is Edgar, short for Edgar Allen Poe). [​IMG] She had a large comb all along, but it never deepened in color. She is now 11 weeks and has grown into her comb, which is still light pink and hardly visible now. Post a picture. I'm sure that someone will be able to tell. [​IMG]

    i love how u said boy but u kept saying SHE​
     
  5. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let them out for recess and got some pics.

    Some backstory: Ruby/Rudy has always been one of the smallest of the 12 chicks, and was the last to get his/her feathers. That had me worried, but s/he has always been very small and round. S/he is certainly MUCH smaller than our other two Production Reds. The combs of the other two also got bigger and oranger in the last two days, but the change isn't as dramatic as with Ruby/Rudy. Maybe they're the same, though, and I just can't see them as well because the head feathers of the bigger two are starting to come in and is obscuring the larger comb?

    I may be fussing over nothing here, but we can't keep a rooster...

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    And here is the comb of one of the other Production Reds.

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  6. AUChick9202

    AUChick9202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will say girl....

    I am new to chickens too...so take my guess with that in mind [​IMG]
     
  7. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

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    Did you buy them as straight run or as sexed pullets. They look like possible roos to me but it is still too early to know for sure one way or the other. I think they could go either way.
     
  8. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought them as sexed pullets, and I guess they're pretty good at sexing because roos are rare. Of course, that's coming from my sales lady, but I have developed a relationship with her and I think she would be straight with me. The other Red is the same, by the way, so...would all three be roos? That seems improbable.
     
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  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have never seen a comb that large in a chicken that small that didn't turn out to be a rooster.

    But hey, I'm no expert!!!

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  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In single comb breeds the comb tends to pop up pretty quick, male or female.
     

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