CCCC= Colour Changing Comb Chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by red rosecomb, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. red rosecomb

    red rosecomb Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2008
    Pretoria- South Africa
    I have a bantam roo who's comb,wattle and face contantly changes. I mean, 1 day he's red parts are bright red and then a pale red the next. then he,s red parts turn normal for a few days then he getssmall,small spots on his comb then they disappear. Then he's redness randomly changes. [​IMG]

    Is there something wrong with him because he's behavior is normal and he eats and drinks normally.

    Could it be early signs of fowl pox? [​IMG]
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Is anybody here an expert on combs?
  3. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    He's probably okay. I think their combs are bright red when they're excited, and some depends on the temperature outside. Like when our faces turn red in the cold. Fowl pox leaves big nasty scabby sores on their comb/wattles/eyes. It's nasty looking.
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    I'm hoping its ok `cause my BR hen is the same way- except it can change on her a couple times per day. I think it's a little like when roos get red leg stripes- a sign of testosterone.

    Fowl pox does indeed produce spots on the comb that would be visable. Sometimes pale combs are a sign of poor nutrition or parasites.
  5. red rosecomb

    red rosecomb Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2008
    Pretoria- South Africa
    Thanx 4 the help you guys, i honestly thought my little roo was seriously ill.

    He is the first pekin roo i ever had i really love him [​IMG]

    He looks so very funny when he is running around and he looks like little ball with feathery feet [​IMG]

    My yonger sister says he's the cutest roo we ever had
  6. glassparman

    glassparman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    I've never seen that on a chicken . . . but I'm not expert.

    Turkeys - specifically males, do change the color on their head when their mood changes.

    My Giant Silver Tom changes from blood red to white with blue mixed in.

  7. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    I am wondering what became of the chicken with the comb that would go from pale to bright red?

    I have two hens who are currently exhibiting this same behavior.

    On one site I read it could indicate a fever, and another said it was due to lowered body temperature of the hens.

    Another site claimed it was usually the sign of a contented hen?


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