How Old When Combs and Wattles Form.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Booswalia, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I have 2 Delawares and 1 White Rock. The Delawares have had a comb and wattle since I got them and they've been laying every day for the past couple of weeks.

    The White Rock seems to be younger but bigger than the other two. She doesn't have a comb or wattle yet and they seem to be taking a long time to develop. I don't know how old she is and I'm just wondering if the comb and wattle form before they start to lay or what the sequence of development is.
     
  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure on those breeds but my Buff Orpington cockerel had a comb and wattles at just a few weeks old. Some take longer. It helps to have a few of the same breed to compare so it was easy for me to know who was who.
     
  3. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    ditto...I have bantam cochins and in about 2 weeks their gender shows through
     
  4. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, I'm sure she's at least 18 weeks old. She's bigger than the two Delawares that are fully grown and laying.

    This is her about 2 weeks ago.

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  5. chickluvr

    chickluvr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 white plymouth rocks and they are 15 weeks old this week. They are just now starting to grow their combs. They are not bright red, just kinda pink.
     
  6. meadrian

    meadrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Delaware is 17 weeks old and looks just like that, but a little more red on the comb and wattles. She's not laying. (I know you said she was a White Rock, but looks so similar comb and wattle size to Delarware.) How old are your Delawares?
     
  7. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Chickluvr. Mine are probably around the same age then because I notice the comb is just barely starting to develop now.

    I don't know how old the Delawares are. I was told they were just starting to lay when I got them and as it turned out one was laying and the other started within about 2 weeks. They both looked like this when I got them...

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  8. meadrian

    meadrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! She's beautiful!
     

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