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Smaller vs. Larger Comb/Wattles

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CityChook, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I don't know if this is the right spot for this post or not.... sorry if it's in the wrong spot.

    I have 4 Buff Orps, 6.5 months old. I've noticed, just over the past few weeks, that their combs and wattles have doubled in size. 3 of the 4 have larger and very red combs/wattles/faces while one is still pale pink and smaller. However, that hen is the largest in size of all the 4.

    I'm guessing that this is a maturity thing? BTW, 1 is laying, the other 3 are making me wait....

    I feel like my 4 year old.... "Why?"
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    The wattles growing and getting redder is a sign that they will start to lay soon.
  3. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2008
    I am seeing the same thing with my largest Buff Orp and my largest Blk Australorp. I assume that the larger birds mature more slowly. They are at the same point of development and size as my 2 Lt Brahmas, which is a large breed that takes a while to mature.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2008
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    thanks guys - nice to have a confirmation.
  5. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
    I have been watching this with my girls too.. and having seen information here I am slowly becoming an expert on my own chickens.

    I saw their wattles and combs growing and increasingly having very pink faces and sure as anything they have started to lay just this week. I also read about them ducking down and raising their shoulders when you tried to stroke them and they are doing that too.... lol.

    So I am feeling really smug about the info I have gained here, and a huge thank you to all you experienced BYC addicts, I have had an egg every day since wednesday from the one, and 2 more showing very good signs.

    SO your hens look as though they are reaching the stage where they will be laying soon. Best wishes for you,


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