Do red combs ALWAYS mean rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chocobo, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 13 week old Buff Orpington that has a red comb and wattles and another that doesn't have any color at all yet. The comb and wattles are the same size in both and to my untrained eye they both look identical in feather structure. Do hens ever redden up this early?
     
  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience it has more to do with the size of the cone at that young of an age then the color but since one doesn’t have a red cone and the other one does I would say the one with the red cone is a roo
     
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not always, my girls are at POL and the wattles and combs are large and very red.....
    its more the size at the young age...if you have doubts, post a pic
     
  4. tadandrita

    tadandrita Out Of The Brooder

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    My BO girls are 5 months and they have bright red short comb and wattles and boys are huge with big 1 inch off head 5 point combs big wattles.
     
  5. acarter26

    acarter26 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 17 wk old RIRs and white leghorns. The closer they got to laying eggs, the bigger and brighter red their combs got. The leghorns especially have big red combs!
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a Speckled Sussex pullet that reddened up very early (before 10 weeks). She's 18 weeks now and not laying let (nor is she a rooster!) so for her, it didn't mean anything at all. [​IMG]

    I'd suggest posting pics and getting some opinions since that was what I did with my SS and hearing unanimous "pullet" votes really eased my mind.
     
  7. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All chickens, hens or roos, will redden up. Usually, the bigger the comb, the more likely you've got a roo.
     
  8. LAURA7A

    LAURA7A New Egg

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    i also have a buff that is 1 month old and started getting a brighter red comb then the others. and also same color waddle
     
  9. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have an almost 3 month old bo and she is turning red and getting those also and by leg horns are too
     

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