Is it normal for baby chicks to have combs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Biddieacres, May 21, 2008.

  1. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    A few of the chicks started getting combs at a week old. Is this normal? I got them from a feed store and wondering if a few are roosters.
     
  2. bamadominaker

    bamadominaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    probabbly a roo. I have two NJG roo's that got there combs within the first week or two. But that's just me.
     
  3. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine showed tiny combs from the earliest days, and I hope they're girls!
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    my sussex and campines started showing some comb development from about day 8-9 (by development, I mean like you notice the comb when you first look at the chick's head, as opposed to you have to squint, which I thinkn you could see *some* comb by squinting right from the get-go). And one golden campine has had a markedly BIG and RED comb from day 12. The ones that developed the combs earliest are now, at nearly 3 wks, still the ones with the largest combs and I feel fairly sure that most or all will be the roos of the bunch.

    Here is a pic of the most extreme one, "mr rooster head", at I think 12 days:

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    and here again at approx. 15 days:

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    (The 'early large red comb' crew unfortunately includes my son's favorite GC, "Peep", the runt... I am not sure I want to keep *any* GC roo but surely not the runt... I dunno, will jump off that bridge when I come to it I guess [​IMG])
     
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  5. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    what type of chick is in the piccy ? i see it has green leggs and my chicks have them too, trying to figure out what they are has me puzzled , think they are EE, but tey are light grey and dark grey all over except their wings are white and tail and they have a white stripe lengthwise on their bodies/
     
  6. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
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    WOW! that little guy does have a serious comb coming it at 2 weeks.
     
  7. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR has had a comb since a week, but she really seems to be a girl, it has stayed the same size since she got it.
     
  8. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Thank you Patandchickens for the pictures. I feel better now. [​IMG] Like you said, I do have to squint or look pretty close to see their combs so maybe they are hens. Lets hope because I love them all so much and do not want to have to give any away.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:It's a golden campine. The legs are probably more slatey than greeny, I'd say, but I am absolutely no expert on Chick Leg Colors.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  10. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    ohy pat and chickens
    thanx u
    i am by noi means an expert either.
    i went from milking 5 cows twice a day to going crazy over chickens ! we have 130 of them , which 101 are jumbo cornish and the rest are brown eggers mixed. I think the free exotic chick might be an EE , hence the green legs?[​IMG]
     

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