Comb and Wattle reduced in size ...not laying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jaygood787, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Jaygood787

    Jaygood787 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my sex link hens stopped laying about 3 weeks ago , and Her comb lost alot of color and wattles just about shrunk down to nothing. I thought that she was molting, but It also has been actting strange , not hanging out with the others and kinda running around in wierd ways. Any one ? suggestions
     
  2. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Molting can be stressful on them and I have noticed some hens looking more tired than usual during their molt (ours are molting now too). Can you try giving her some boiled egg and see if that makes her happy?
     
  3. Jaygood787

    Jaygood787 Out Of The Brooder

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    how long will a molt last?
     
  4. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen going through the exact same thing. Just up the protein in her diet...they LOVE hard boiled eggs.
     
  5. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the molt is around 2 months, but it's our first time too so I'm not sure. I read that it varies a lot based on the breed and the individual bird. They usually don't lay eggs during the molt, so that would explain the lack of hormones to make the comb/wattles as red.
     
  6. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, they wont lay during molt...nothing to worry about there. I have a GLW that looks completely disheveled right now as she's going through a hard molt.
     

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