Brownish tint at back of the comb???

bantambury

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I have a young jap bantam. I have realized on his comb he has a strange shadowed coloring...is this common with this breed and shows up on all chickens???. If anyone can try to identify what this plmk!!! It will help a lot!!!
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Wyandottes7

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That looks normal to me. Many roosters with large combs will have a lessened blood supply to the blade and tips of their combs. I have one rooster with a rather large comb, and his comb nearly always has a darker blade (the back of the comb). I think that your bird is just fine.
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bantambury

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So do your roosters combs also feel a bit different at the browned blade than the rest of the comb? It feels smooth compares to the front of the comb which is rough.
 

theoldchick

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Steele does the same then when the weather is very hot and humid. He's normal in the morning but by the afternoon his comb has darkened areas. I make a point not to stress him during the hot hours. He seems fine, though, and maintains his alert demeanor. On the other hand, if you see this condition in a rooster who is acting lethargic this could indicate cardiac insufficiency. If the entire comb/wattles turns purple this indicates a severe oxygen/cardiac issue and the bird could be near death.

If your rooster's comb does this in extreme cold weather be aware of possible frostbite and treat accordingly.

I think your guy is fine. He looks to be in good condition.
 

bantambury

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Steele does the same then when the weather is very hot and humid. He's normal in the morning but by the afternoon his comb has darkened areas. I make a point not to stress him during the hot hours. He seems fine, though, and maintains his alert demeanor. On the other hand, if you see this condition in a rooster who is acting lethargic this could indicate cardiac insufficiency. If the entire comb/wattles turns purple this indicates a severe oxygen/cardiac issue and the bird could be near death. If your rooster's comb does this in extreme cold weather be aware of possible frostbite and treat accordingly. I think your guy is fine. He looks to be in good condition.
Ok omg thankyou so much you have helped alot!!!!!
 

sourland

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X 2 on what theoldchick said - nothing to worry about with your rooster. A deep purple coloring plus lethargy would indicate probable cardiac problems.
 

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