Comb bleeding

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by galelee, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. galelee

    galelee New Egg

    Jan 30, 2016
    I have a laying hen that all of a sudden I noticed comb had dry blood. Few days later most of comb is gone and fresh blood on head. She is not hanging out with the rest of the hens. She is eating and drinking water. Any thoughts as to why?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    This could stem from simple pecking order issues and she is the lowest in the order. Make sure you have enough room in your coop and run...5 square feet per bird in the coop, 10 square feet per bird in the coop. Put out several food and water stations, even if you only have a few birds. Higher ranking birds can become aggressive with food and water, enough to starve them out. The higher ranking birds cant guard all feeders.

    The flock can see things you cant. She could be sick and they are trying to run her off...flock preservation. Give her an overall exam looking for any clues that might indicate she is sick. Check for injuries, what color is her remaining comb, is she egg bound, what does her poop look like, has she been wormed recently, any respiratory ailments, etc... Treat any issues you find.

    Lastly, you may just have an aggessive flock leader or others may be involved. Separation of one or more birds may be necessary, short or possibly permanently. Pinless peepers are an option for aggressive bird or birds.
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on TwoCrows. She has given you excellent advice. Good luck!
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Just checking in to say and hi and a warm welcome to BYC - glad to have you join us.
    All the best

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