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When do combs and wattles grow and turn red?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by binders, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. binders

    binders Songster

    Sep 4, 2011
    I am new to chicken keeping and now have 7 pullets at about 17 weeks ( I think) and am wondering if their age is correct. They still have small combs and hardly any wattles and what they do have are still pink not red at all. I have 1 white leghorn, 1 black australorp, 1 faverrolles, 1 buff cochin, 1 welsummer, 1 maran (who is younger by about 1 month at least) and one mutt. I am not really sure about their age because the person I got them from didn't seem the type to have really good records and was rather vague. Was hoping that by looking at the developement of their combs and wattles I could better judge their ages. Any thing I should be looking for?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. jodik27

    jodik27 In the Brooder

    May 13, 2011
    I'm pretty new at this too, ( my flock is 21-22 weeks old) and you will be surprised how quickly they will get redder and grow! I would say I also had girls that age that lacked combs & wattles. Some of mine seemed to drastically change within a day or two. I have just started getting some eggs from my Americaunas just this week though so hang in there!
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Really its according the VARITY Some will turn red and still be hens. Some will be big combed and some small. Look at attitudes and heights of the combs too. I watch for the feather changes along with the combs and then sometimes can not tell until they crow or lay. Sometimes feather color. Right now at 20 weeks I have selected out all the hens and roos except the lavender orps. Still not sure of them. Sigh. New breeds for me are hardest. Gloria Jean
  4. binders

    binders Songster

    Sep 4, 2011
    Hope my pullets turn quickly and soon! [​IMG] I can't wait to get eggs![​IMG]

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