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leghorn combs: when do they flop over?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Amastacia, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Amastacia

    Amastacia Chirping

    May 9, 2013
    SW Michigan
    i have 5 leghorn hens, 3 white and 2 brown, that are all about a year and a half. none of their combs are flopping over like they are supposed to. shouldn't they by this age? they've been laying for over a year now. or is it more likely that they just won't, probably do to being hatchery birds of low quality breeding?

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Not all Leghorn combs will flop over. Some combs never get large enough to flop over. A show-quality bird should have a lopped comb, but since your birds are from a hatchery, they aren't specifically bred for it.
  3. Amastacia

    Amastacia Chirping

    May 9, 2013
    SW Michigan
    that is what i suspected. too bad, i think leghorns are cute with the floppy combs.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    X2 on Wyandottes7 comments.
  5. Manningjw

    Manningjw Songster

    I am not a big fan of the flopped over comb myself - my white leghorn has it, but the other 3 I left with my parents in their coop do not. The only difference I can come up with is mine ate a bit higher protein feed - they mix in cracked corn and other treats more than I do.

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