Do these Orp hens look close to laying? *UPDATED SHE LAID AN EGG!!!!*

PaintedMeadows

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11 Years
Jun 19, 2008
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They are just over 16 weeks but for the past 2 weeks these ladies have been growing waddles and combs and getting really pink. This morning their combs were both red. Their sisters still have no combs or waddles and are pale pink. What do you think?

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Henrietta23

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Oct 20, 2007
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I've got two with the same hatch date. One has a bigger redder comb like yours and has been laying for about 3 weeks. The other still has a tiny pale comb and doesn't lay yet. I've come to decide they lay when they're darn good and ready. Sigh...
 

PaintedMeadows

Songster
11 Years
Jun 19, 2008
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tee hee OK, so I guess I am just getting excited. At least I don't have to wait as long for eggs as I have to wait for my foals! lol. 11 months would kill me! lol. Thanks everyone.
 

Kesta

Pie Crust Malfunction
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Jul 31, 2008
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PotterWAtch i had a br who looked just like that at a month before laying, that hens name wouldnt happen to be lucky, or is that just Hermione
 

redoak

Songster
11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
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My buff orpington hens developed bright red waddles and combs about a month before they started to lay. My first egg came from a buff orpington hen that was 18 weeks and 4 days old.

I hope Im not intruding on this thread, but does redder combs and waddles indicate maturity in hen? Is that what you are all saying?

Yes, but about a month away, at least for my hens.​
 

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