How red is red?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shannondee12, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone keeps telling me to check the comb on my hens. That they will turn redder as they get close to laying. But my question is how red? I have a BO and 3 SLW and they are all different shades of red. The BO is still pink in my opinion but 2 of the SLW look way more red this week than the last few weeks. They are 15 weeks, give or take a few days. They do have extra light in the coop also.
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    My BO boy started crowing about 3 weeks ago but is still in the practice stage. He isn't real strong at it yet. He has been mounting the girls occasionally for the last couple of weeks.
     
  2. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are getting there. They usually lay at around 18 weeks but could start later or sooner. I don't know when Wyandottes or Orpingtons start. Once they're red(like yours), I check for how big the comb and wattle get.
     
  4. amyandkids

    amyandkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing worse than counting down days, LOL!! I think they look nice and red, but 15 weeks is a bit young. I know to look for squatting and singing the egg song! I know its not too attractive but I look at the vents when they will be laying soon it will be a bigger opening and it will be wet, gross I know, but its always about a week after the vent looks "ready"!! But good luck with your beautiful girls and handsome boy! Hopefully they are early bloomers and do lay soon!![​IMG] impatiently waiting!!!
     
  5. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason I ask is because I need to get food this week and wasn't sure if I should start the switch to layer or get another bag of grower.
     
  6. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it says on the bags when to change feed which is around 18 weeks of age. In my experience, when my layers went back to grower b/c the young ones can't have layer, they were perfectly fine. If yours start early then you should probably get layer.
     
  7. amyandkids

    amyandkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also you can give them the grower and free choice oyster shell or calcium of your choice!! Then at 20 weeks switch to layer feed. Its what I do about that age!
     
  8. shannondee12

    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have grit out for them but they free range over several acres for most of the day and don't seem to bother or even need what I put out for them.
     
  9. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine got red before their combs and waddles finished developing.
     
  10. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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