My 15 week old birds have bigger waddles than my 19 week old birds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3chickchicks, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2013
    N. Texas
    The only difference is the 15 week'ers (Wyandottes and definitely pullets) were strictly on feed until a week ago. The 19 week'ers (Dominique and Buff Brahma) have free ranged since they were 8 weeks old (with feed available).

    Does feed make them develop much faster? Or maybe it's the difference in breeds? The younger birds are smaller. Just weird.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  2. themenagerie

    themenagerie Songster

    Jun 8, 2011
    If it makes a difference, my Wyandottes seem to have had more pronounced wattles at younger ages. It worried me that they were roos, but luckily they were just girls with redder/bigger than average waddles than the other breeds.

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