Cold Weather - Is this bird unhealthy?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bean816, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. bean816

    bean816 New Egg

    Dec 9, 2013
    This is my first year with chickens and this forum has been very, very helpful so far. I just wanted to get a bit of advice as we adjust to our first winter.

    Here in Missouri we've not been above 20 or 25 degrees in about 4 days.

    We have 9 hens - 5 buff orphingtons and 4 barred rock. All our birds look healthy except one. She is smaller, her feathers aren't as smooth and organized as the rest, and her comb has gone from bright red to a more white-red color.

    Here's a photo of her (on the left) next to another. All our birds look like the one on the right except this one.


    Should I be concerned? Is there anything I should do?
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Could she be moulting?
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Does she act relatively normal otherwise? The pale comb and ragged look, along with the fact that it is fall/wintertime, makes me think she is molting.
  4. bean816

    bean816 New Egg

    Dec 9, 2013
    I bet you're right - she's probably molting. She's acting normal otherwise. I'll keep an eye on her, but for now, thanks for the advice!

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