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Comb issue... please take a look

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AmyBella, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girl's comb flops to the side and has started looking bad. I noticed that she's getting picked on this weekend... mostly pecked on the comb. [​IMG]

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    There's no blood. I can't tell if the black spots are dirt, pox or scabs. There is kind of a whitish, powdery haze over the comb toward the back, and one place where the skin looks crusty and flaky. I'm pretty sure that it isn't frostbite.

    I was thinking about trying to wash it and maybe putting on some neosporin. Does that sound like a good idea? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. Thanks!
     
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wash the comb off to see what is going on. Sometimes the spots are blood from being picked on sometimes they just wash away. To me she looks a little under the weather. Give her some vitamins and some extra special food just for her and then the others. Make sure she eats her fair share because she seems to be on the end of the pecking order.

    Why are her nostrils so dirty? Is your coop dusty? Is the nose crusty? Maybe the start of a respiratory problem?
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    That's roo action. he will get better with practice
     
  4. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on one of the posts that a floppy comb could be a sign of dehydration - is he drinking enough?
     
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    The rooster is hanging on for balance. I could take a pic of a dozen different hens of mine that look just like that right now, with young roos learning their craft.
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    This hen looks like she has a bit of a natural wave to her comb. You can see where it starts in the front (at her beak) and finishes towards the back. Some take a while before they flop, as they mature. Her eyes look bright and the spots on her comb look like normal pecking order or mating pecks.
     
  7. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks like my Golden Comet. Mine has a curvy comb w/ no problems. She looks like she's getting pecked at, probably by roo. Is she laying? If so, I'd say she's just low on the pole.
     
  8. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dorothy is a golden comet, about nine months old. She is a good layer and she does eat and drink well although she's definitely on the bottom of the pecking order. "Mr. Big" seems to like her and he is not too experienced with romancing the ladies yet. [​IMG] He really does hang on for dear life!

    I noticed the dirty nostrils too. She's a little crusty, but seems really healthy otherwise. I'll give her some vitamins and extra attention just in case.

    I'm glad to know that the comb floppage is normal! I saw a really awesome shoe that someone made for a chicken with bumblefoot... perhaps my girl needs a little helmet? [​IMG]
     
  9. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might be a bit off but could it be a bit of frost bite? with all this very cold weather and all?
     
  10. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am pretty certain that it isn't frostbite. I have been checking them all very carefully since it is so brutally cold. Her comb has not frozen.
     

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