why do other Buff Orpingtons have big combs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shaggy, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have big combs and waddles ... and mine don't?


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    others look like this


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  2. tallieb

    tallieb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?
     
  3. sephiroth

    sephiroth Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, I was starting to wonder if my BO was a roo since she's had really pink waddles and combs for at least a month (now 18 weeks).

    She looks like the ladies in the pic...

    I don't know the answer to your question though I've seen many BOs with those small fleshy colored combs. I wouldnt worry about it.
     
  4. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:best guess ... 19 weeks

    they were already a few weeks old when i got them first week of June .... same size as my other chickens i had bought the first week of May
     
  5. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    If it helps any... my prior flock we had 2 BO's, both pullets. They had pinkish combs like in your pic until JUST before POL. Then they got red and plump like those in the pics. IIRC , they were about 23ish weeks.

    Might just be a maturity thing too.
     
  6. Terri

    Terri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i too, have 1 buff hen who is 7 months old, her comb is nowhere near the size nor the dark red as the others.
     
  7. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:makes me feel better --- now i know mine aren't freaks or some other breed
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Where did you get yout BO's? Are they hatchery birds, did you get them from a breeder, or maybe from a friend? Hatchery birds don't really conform to breed standard that well, so you are liable to get quite a bit of variety in size and appearance.

    I got mine from Cackle. Some have the big combs and wattles at 18 weeks. Some do not.
     
  9. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:got mine from a farmers mercantile in town

    looks basically like some people hatch them and leave them there to get sold ....
     

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