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Help! My hen's comb is turning purple and black!

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Help! My hen's comb is turning purple and black! She is about 2 and a half years old and and has been de wormed. She is one of 3 chickens in my small backyard flock. They are all ex battery hens and I have had them for about 6 months. I noticed that her comb started going purple at the tips about a month ago, and it has been getting worse. She has started losing weight but she still is eating a drinking.

Is it avian pox?
Does anyone know what is happening to her?
Can it be treated?






post #2 of 8

I dont know much about chicken comb issues but could it be frostbite?

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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post #3 of 8
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Yes it does look like frostbite but it hasn't been cold at all

Update: another one of my hen's comb is starting to turn white in the middle
post #4 of 8

Has she been mated with?

My hens get bruises up and down their combs and even scabs. This might be out of the ordinary that the bruises appear his badly, but it might be the problem!

If you have a rooster, then don't worry about it. If it is Frostbite, one it has to be a good amount of cold to get it on their rough combs, and second, you can

use coconut oil to prevent anything like that on the combs.

post #5 of 8
It looks like frostbite.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by ExBatteryHen View Post

Yes it does look like frostbite but it hasn't been cold at all

Update: another one of my hen's comb is starting to turn white in the middle

Exactly HOW cold has it been getting recently? 

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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post #7 of 8
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@CascadiaRiverThe lowest temperature so far has been about 12 Celsius at night, is that cold enough for it to be frostbite or could my hen just have a sensitive comb?
Edited by ExBatteryHen - 4/27/16 at 2:47am
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I think my chicken has got frostbite, is there anything I can do to help ease the pain?
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