Getting bright red combs

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by calpal212, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. calpal212

    calpal212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I get my show chickens bright red combs? I always see beautiful combs and wattles and mine have kinda ashy dull combs.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    How old are you chickens? Pullets usually develop red combs when they are reaching laying age. I have observed a change in comb colour over the course of a day in some of my hens.

    If they are of laying age and their combs are not red, it could be down to a few things, but firstly I'd suggest adding some vitamin supplements / electrolytes to their water and ensure that you are feeding them proprietary feed with any "treats" constituting less than 10% of their daily feed. There may well be other causes, but this course of action will certainly help you rule out nutrient deficiencies.

    All the best
    CT
     
  3. calpal212

    calpal212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well these guys are about 9 months now and are laying but they are for showing and their combs are red but kind of ashy and don't look very red
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd say that if they are laying as frequently as you'd expect for that breed, then they are happy enough - red comb or not, but I'd still give 'em some vitamin supplements in their water every now and again.

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  5. calpal212

    calpal212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome

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  7. drumstick diva

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    Have you checked them for internal parasites, or mites and lice? Any of those could compromise their appearance and health. If you talk to others that show, or observe them, I wonder if they use a bit of Vaseline on the combs to bring out the shine.
     
  8. calpal212

    calpal212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are parasite free, I thought about Vaseline because maybe the combs are a little dry because of how dry it is where I live
     

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