Is there truth to the comb turning red before laying?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by porkchop48, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on this forum some where that when a chicken gets old enough to lay it's comb starts getting redder.

    The reason I ask is my dark brahams are about 5 - 6 months old ( or so I was told). They started out with really light combs and over the last week or so a couple of them have started turning more reddish.

    They seem to be such big birds I would have guessed they were older.
     
  2. kittykat01

    kittykat01 Out Of The Brooder

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    All of mine so far have had their comb become larger and very red in the 2 or 3 weeks before starting to lay, so you should be getting some eggs soon!
     
  3. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they will get redder. My Brahmas whole faces get redder - and Brahamas (even my bantams) are really big chickens. My three (Millie, Tillie and Lily) are buffs and I think they are beautiful - and comical...when they run/waddle across the yard...but they do lay some nice light brown eggs.
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Yes, a nice red comb indicates a pullet is getting ready to lay. A red comb is also a sign your hens are healthy. Let us know when you get your first egg!
     

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