Brown Leghorn, Comb Looks Dry

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrwiest, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. mrwiest

    mrwiest New Egg

    May 14, 2012
    One of my girls recently molted (I believe) but didn't loose a lot of feathers. Shortly after her feathers started growing back, her comb began to shrivel up and look dry. I've attached some pictures. Is she doing ok, or should I worry about this?




  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She's fine. It is very common for hens' combs to shrink and become dull when they are molting.
  3. mrwiest

    mrwiest New Egg

    May 14, 2012
    Thank you!
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    X2. My bird's combs get quite small and dry when they are not laying or molting.
  5. Sblair2015

    Sblair2015 Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2015
    One of my best laying girls stopped laying about 3 weeks ago. I noticed at first that she had a little cough, and right before she stopped laying she laid an egg right on the floor of her pen instead of in her nest box. Her egg didn't seem nearly as nice as her usual ones and she had pecked at it. So now, 3 weeks later, her comb has shrunk quite a bit and appears to be shedding skin?? Her comb/wattles have white flakes. I thought it was signs of molting, although she is only about 7 months old and so far no sign of loosing any feathers. So not sure what's going on?? She eats/drinks fine, explores the yard with her flock and does her usual chicken thing. Any ideas what is wrong with her? No mites or lice that I can tell, I have only 4 girls and I clean their house once every 2 weeks and they free range.
    I'm not sure what is going on!!

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