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Tips of comb kind of purple

post #1 of 6
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My seven year old Buff Orpington hen's comb tips are looking purple-ish. Cant be frost bite, its been warm, actually hot the last couple days. Checked her for crawlies on her vent this afternoon and saw nothing. She's healthy otherwise, eating very well, poops fine, lays eggs and sometimes tries to crow. Any ideas anyone?
Edited by jlbkinor - 6/5/16 at 10:49pm
post #2 of 6

Photo would help.

 

Purplish usually means lack of oxygen or circulation (anemia). You might try worming.

 

Purplish could also be dirt. Sometimes they get themselves into messy stuff which coats their combs.

 

Darkening spots could be sign of pox.

 

At her age, though, I suspicion something internally sinister could be lurking. She may simply not be getting as much oxygen or blood, or it could simply be her hormones are shifting so that her comb is looking more discolored (hence the crowing).

 

My thoughts

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 6/6/16 at 12:33am
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #3 of 6
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Thank you for the thoughts. Her comb looks better this morning. She was broody for a couple weeks and her comb starts to flop over when she's broody but comb had straightened up in the last couple weeks of not being broody. She has been laying more eggs than she did last year and trying to crow more than she did last year.
post #4 of 6

She looks fine in that photo.

 

Since she was recently brooding, it is most likely just hormonal changes.

 

Continue to watch her. If the whole comb looks blue or there are significant blue spots on the comb, then there is likely concern.

 

Here's an article to peruse for that purpose (scroll to second half of article):

http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Summer2012/Poultry/tabid/2194/Default.aspx

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #5 of 6
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Thank you Lady of McCamly. This evening her comb is all healthy red.
post #6 of 6
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But later in the evening get a little bluish tinge to the back tips. 😕
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