Do pink combs always mean roos?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by naturemom, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out with 7 chicks and have given away 3 that I was sure were boys, but now I'm worried that the rest might also be. I keep reading that hens' combs don't redden until they are ready to lay eggs, and the combs on 3 of my 4 are already pink at 5 weeks. Does that mean boys for sure, or can hens have pink combs this young?
    I can't really compare them to each other, because they are all different breeds.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Pullets get pink combs, too, but usually yellowy-pink, not really red. They do get them before they lay, trust me. At least most breeds do weeks before they lay, but they do turn redder at that point.
     
  3. thechickenwhisperer

    thechickenwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

    Hi, takes several weeks til they redden up. The ones I had and thought were roos actually turned out to be girls with pinker combs.
     

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