Comb changing colors with mood????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ZooMummzy, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I'm not sure if this is the right section to post this in or not (if not, will a mod please move it for me or tell me where to post), but I have a 7 week old EE chick who has a large pea comb for her age. I only say "her" because I posted a pick of Coral in another thread and it was pretty much decided on she was a she with a larger comb than normal. It's still a bit early, but her feathering and legs all point to a hen so until she starts crowing, I'll keep calling her Coral [​IMG]

    My question is, can combs change colors with the chickens mood? I swear when she is calm, her comb is yellowish orange and smaller. When she gets excited, it becomes more pink and larger. I've experimented with this the past couple days and it happens everytime. Right now, she is sleeping and it's a nice yellow-orange. A bit ago, I opened the cage door and she went crazy, flying about with a swollen, pink comb.

    Has anyone experienced this or read anything about it? I'm baffled.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  2. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Iron Station, NC
    My cockerel Iris does that sometimes...when she's more active, her comb is a bright red. Whens she's calm, it's paler. I'm not sure why that is...lower blood pressure maybe?
  3. pixiechick

    pixiechick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    I don't know either but my Daisy does the same thing. Besides the comb, everything about her screams pullet. Sometimes her little comb is pink. other times it is bright red. She'd 9 wks old now and also an EE.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    When they are hot, or excited, or being threatened or aggressive, more blood flows to the comb and wttles, making them appear redder.

    You aren't crazy! [​IMG]
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Lol well my hubby would proably disagree with you, but I'm glad not crazy with this comb thing [​IMG] That makes total sense about the blood flow, I just couldn't find anything online about it. These two EE's have always been high strung.
  6. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Mine do the same thing. my EE roo and amy cochin roo, they both look more red at times and pale red at others....pretty neat!!

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