What age do their combs turn red?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bustermommy, May 21, 2011.

  1. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two barred rocks and two New Hampshires. They are five weeks old. Purchased from pullets bin at local feed store. Today, I noticed that 1 of each has a comb starting to turn a little bit pink. Isn't this a little young? Or is this a normal age to start going pink for these breeds?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Usually they get really red when they start laying or crowing / mating. Sometimes roos will get a little more pink as they grow, though. My 6 week or so Barred Rocks are pale pink they were sold as pullets and look to me like they really are.

    Are you wondering about their sex? There are several clues for BR:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=331015&p=1
     
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are my BR roos, 4 weeks old....already turning red....all 9 of my "pullets" were roos...so everything in this pic is 4 weeks and a roo

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    here is a shot of my newest...a BR pullet, see the difference in feather color? Also her comb is not as prominent.
     
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  4. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jody........even that one on top second from the right? Did he develop his comb later?
     
  5. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All signs are that they really are pullets. The BRs have the round dark feathers, no wattles, small combs. But it freaked me out when I saw some pink on the comb. I know they're supposed to have red combs as adult girls, but these are my first chicks so am not sure when I can expect comb growth and color.
     
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  6. chichick

    chichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is my BR when it was 2-1/2 weeks old and it's omb was more red than the others, and it's white spot was connectd to it's neck. it was also lighter than the others, but i also had another and it barrely got red at 4 weeks. it was lighter than the others though.
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