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I have several chickens who have floppy combs. There doesn't seem to be a real reason. I thought they may have been dehydrated but they're drinking fine, and after putting electrolytes in their water, they did not improve. I switched feeds, to something much better, Layena Laying Pellets. Egg-laying has definitely increased and overall health seems much better, as well as good hard egg shells!

After a bout with Fowl Pox, I decided to put my chickens on Immuno Boost from McMurray Hatchery, it has very good reviews, it's a pro-biotic and immune booster. Which I think my hens need at this point.

It looks like the combs are beginning to harden again but I can't quite tell just yet. Does anyone know why my hens combs are flopping over like this?

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What breed are they? Some breeds -- like Leghorns and Minorcas -- have floppy combs as a norm, and other breeds will get floppy combs as well. I've seen some Barred Rocks on here with big floppy combs.

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I've heard too much protine an not enough sunlight... Not sure if thats true or not.. I have one with a floppy comb

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I have Rhode Island Reds, Red Stars, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and a few mixes between all of them. My, Red Star and her chick  (now over a year old) are the main hens who have floppy combs. A few Rocks, and Orps, the Reds, not so much, though, the older hens seem to be the ones who seem to be the main floppy combed culprits.

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Originally Posted by TinyTotsSeramas 

I've heard too much protine an not enough sunlight... Not sure if thats true or not.. I have one with a floppy comb


My hens just started on a new diet, before they weren't getting enough of anything. They were pretty unhealthy. As for sunlight my chickens get plenty of that! I have a nice big run for them, and the way the sun shine there's almost always a lot of sunlight in there for them. I have thought about extending the run, and the extension not having a roof, but that's impractical being that tree limbs fall constantly, meaning the extension would be shot lived.

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We have a sussex with a floppy comb, but that was due to getting her head stuck in deer fencing a while back.

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