Pink combs = ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoffeeCow, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Washington, NC
    My ladies combs are starting to turn pink, I read (somewhere) that pink combs mean that they are getting ready to lay, does this have any truth to it?

    I also read that they usually take around 20 weeks to start laying...

    My ladies were hatched May 20th so October 20th will be 20 weeks. Isn't it a bit early to be expecting eggs?
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    Not pink, RED. [​IMG]
  3. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    The combs will turn red when they are ready to lay- they also sort of "fill out" in the rear. The age to start laying differs from chicken to chicken even within the same breed. I had one EE lay her first egg at 24 weeks old, and another EE not until 32 weeks old- both hatched same day- same breed, rasied together. Two wyandottes: on laid her first egg on week 21 the other not until 26 weeks old.
    You will notice the combs getting more red and they may "squat" when you come near,(which some call the egg squat) they did that a week or so before the first egg.

    I opened up their nest boxes at age 18 weeks just in case, and they "practiced" in there by kicking around the pine shavings and setting then leaving - but they put their first eggs in the nest just like they were supposed to. Good Luck- it's like finding a treasure when that first egg is sitting there perfect and beautiful [​IMG]
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

    Here's my brahma girl right after she started laying.
  5. schatze17

    schatze17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Well...that's what I thought...the combs turn redder the closer they are to laying.

    However...we have 4 Barred Rocks that we are waiting on to start laying. Three of the BR's have really red combs, one has a pale pink comb. Today, the one with the pink comb was the first to lay an egg!

    Go figure...

  6. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    My leghorns started laying at 17 wks. So I guess it depends upon the breed.[​IMG]
  7. Sanebychicks

    Sanebychicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 9, 2010
    Colorful Colorado!
    I am anxiously awaiting an egg from one of my 20 wk old girls. I have two production blacks (not entirely certain about that as they look very different from each other and the feed store I got them from can't remember what he ordered) one americauna and one RIR/New Hamp red mix. All, but the amer. have pretty red combs and all four have started doing the - hunching down and thinking I am a rooster thing in the last week - so I know they are getting close. Reading some of these posts - so many more weeks???? At least the last post said 17 wks for her breed. Patience is a virtue!
  8. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Sooo happy for this post! I guess it's a waiting game for sure. I know it has been. I think I'll just keep excited, and start watching now, because it could be anytime, or, it could be another few weeks. I've waited this long, guess I can a bit longer. My first flock went soon than my oldest pullet now. I'm glad someone posted that there was a 30 something week until an egg.
    Waiting..... [​IMG] and waiting.... [​IMG] and waiting... [​IMG]

    wait...can popcorn make you gain weight....oh well. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010

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