Is the red comb/wattle story true?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by highcountrychickens, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    So -
    Over the years I have heard the old yarn that hens who are laying have bright red combs and wattles... while those who are not laying have greyish or not-so-vibrant combs and wattles. It always made me smile and sort of shake my head, but for several weeks, I have had around 3 eggs per day from my 7 hens (who, when out of molt and all is well generally do average 1 egg a day per hen - more accurately will lay 5-6 per week)... and - yep - three hens have bright red wattles and combs... four have wattles that look like they need a bit of oil or moisturizer... sporting a bit of a silver color.

    Does anyone have this experience? Am I dreaming? Am I going nuts? Am I a genius? [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yes, it's true, not an old wives tale.
     
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

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  4. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Well... that'll show me for chuckling at good wisdom! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  5. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! With all my hens so far, red comb and wattles has = laying starting soon! Although roo's get redder as they get more mature as well.


    Highcountrychickens- I had to laugh at your signature line! Its so true! Unless we are talking kids- then its a LACK of noise that signals Something is up!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Heh - not long after I put that signature out there, someone who used to be on a lot had a signature that read : "Obviously Mark Twain never laid an egg..." it was hysterical!

    This whole red comb/wattle thing has caused a problem - I was going to give two hens to some friends who have rebuilt their coop and have a single lonely hen... all four of my very favorite hens have the grey thing going on... and aren't laying. I was looking forward to giving away the bully, but she's a laying machine (red wattles and comb, yes, but I also see her coming out of the nest box every day with a warm egg there for me... [​IMG] )
     
  7. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen it with my breeds
     
  8. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some pullets with very red combs and wattles, for over a month, who have yet to lay. I also have 2 EE's who went through a molt not long ago, still with gray combs and wattles who just started Laying again. So it may generally be true, but I would not say it is 100%.
     

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