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post #1 of 19
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My hen Gurty (short for gurtrude) is about 8 months old and her comb folded over, overnight, at about 6 months.  Anyone have any ideas what causes that?  Is it too big to stand up? idunno

And any ideas exactly what breed she is?  I was told she's a Columbian Wyandotte, but her comb is straight.

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post #2 of 19

I was thinking Delaware, but I don't know.

post #3 of 19

Looks to be a delaware, but never seen the comb so big. It is most likely mixed.
The comb is to heavy so it floped over.

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post #4 of 19

when my chickens start laying everyday and really BIG eggs i knowticed that mine do the same thing.. i think maybe hormones cause it to be bigger and the more she has the bigger it gets.. (is this right)
  THAT is not a wyanndott no no no..
deleware mmmmm im not to sure about that eather..
i beleave a plymouth rock- columbian hen
only because those are columbian marks but wyanndott NO!!
here a some pictures to help
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89080_ducks_082.jpg
my wyanndott hen look at her comb
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89080_ducks_061.jpg
here is my deleware see her neck its more of dots then laced like a columbians neck
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89080_ducks_087.jpg
now i know its not a colombian but its a rock and a (pullet also) but see her comb looks alot like yours
hope that helped smile


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post #5 of 19

She looks like a light sussex to me.   The floppy comb is nothing to worry about.

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post #6 of 19

Delawares have barring in the black coloring, where columbian color birds do not. Can't quite tell from your pic, but looks unbarred to me.  Sussex have pink (white) legs, delawares and rocks yellow.

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post #7 of 19

My brown leghorn Rubys comb is big and floppy too. Nothing to worry about. Gives them character I think.

post #8 of 19

Could be an brahma roll

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I got my chicks Easter of 2011. I have 5 Silkies 3 white hens, 1 brown, and A white cockerel named Pippen, And A Rhode Island Roo named Funkey.

 

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post #9 of 19

Not a Brahma; they have feathered feet wink
Flopped combs are just fine unless it is an exhibition bird, which, going by the fact that you aren't sure of her breed, I assume she is not tongue
I have a Black Sex-Link hen who has a floppy comb.  I think they're formally called "thumb-print combs".
I think it's because of the size or maybe genetics?  Maybe the flopping overnight has something to do with her starting to lay (at 6 months old?)
Anyway, too me she looks like a Columbian Plymouth Rock.

post #10 of 19

Gurty looks exactly like my Delaware.

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