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Is her comb too pale?

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This is Aurora our 8 month old Black Copper Marans hen. She is a healthy weight, acting normally, and was wormed with the rest of the flock just as a precaution in October. Her comb just seems to be more pale than the other hens. The bottom right to me is the most accurate pic, the rest look a little more red than it does to me in person. They are all different breeds so I was wondering if this is within the normal range. Thanks!
Edited by txhall3 - 11/24/15 at 9:59am
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Edit: accidentally posted info twice.
Edited by txhall3 - 11/24/15 at 10:03am
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Copper Marans are lovely birds.  She looks fine.  She's not laying, right?  The combs pale when the days get short and the weather gets cold.  I had a couple Copper Marans and if I recall correctly, they are not reliable layers.  Combs also pale when they aren't routinely laying.  Comb color is an imperfect indicator of health in chickens because the color changes in response to so many things, few of which are actually health related.  Her comb is pale likely because of light changes, temperature changes, and hormonal changes.  I think you do not need to worry about her.  She's gorgeous.

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Copper Marans are lovely birds.  She looks fine.  She's not laying, right?  The combs pale when the days get short and the weather gets cold.  I had a couple Copper Marans and if I recall correctly, they are not reliable layers.  Combs also pale when they aren't routinely laying.  Comb color is an imperfect indicator of health in chickens because the color changes in response to so many things, few of which are actually health related.  Her comb is pale likely because of light changes, temperature changes, and hormonal changes.  I think you do not need to worry about her.  She's gorgeous  @CMV thank you sooo much! You are spot on, she isn't laying regularly at all right now. We just had ( what for us in Central Texas) is a cold snap and temps were in the 30's at night. I just lost one of my flock a couple of weeks ago after fighting a long hard battle ( ended up being related to salpingitis or e. coli infection but we didn't have that info until necropsy) and I have been worried about this. You have greatly relieved my mind! Thanks again!

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Somehow my reply got put in with the quote, I am so technologically challenged! lol

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