My hen's comb won't grow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thechickendude, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. thechickendude

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    So I have two hens that I got about 7 months ago. The smaller hen has grown her comb out and was laying eggs consistently (she's broody now). The bigger hen, however, still has not grow out her comb yet. I think she might have laid ONE single egg a month ago (there were two the very first day they started laying). I've read that a sign for egg laying is that the comb grows out. Is there any reason the bigger one still does not grow hers yet (and not laying eggs)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are your chickens? Are they two different breeds?
     
  3. thechickendude

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    Ah I thought about it but forgot to mention. They are both buff orpington.
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is my understanding that usually the combs and waddles turn red and get a little fuller after they start laying. It is odd that they are the same breed but different sizes. Maybe posting a pic of each would help?

    Each hens matures at a different rate and anywhere from 4-8 months is still in the normal range. Have you looked around for any hidden nests?
     
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    Does anyone have an insight into this? I suppose I have no choice but keep waiting.
     
  7. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    I have two Buff Orpingtons, and one has a big comb and one has a very small one. The hen with the small comb still lays, but the comb doesn't grow. So I think you'll just have to wait patiently for eggs...Hard, I know. :p
     
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  8. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I literally have a chicken doing the exact same thing, and it's even the same color...

    She is huge, but no comb at all and no eggs either
     

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