1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Comb turning white

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BombChickenMom, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Hey everyone! I'm from beaver county Pennsylvania and I have 5 chickens. 2 red pullets and 3 white. I've become concerned with one of my whites. Her comb is looking dry, feeling hard, and turning white. I put petroleum jelly on it today hoping it may help. Any advice? It's been very cold lately so we have confined them and put an addition on the coup and added a heat lamp. I have a picture I will try to post. Thanks everyone!
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    9,766
    112
    288
    Oct 3, 2011
    Virginia
    My Coop
    :welcome Glad you joined us.

    Does she seem sick?? Is she molting???
     
  3. She is not molting and doesn't seem sick at all. She actually is cleaner and more bright white than the others. One of them had stopped laying but we don't know which one. I dont know if it is her or not. She seems in Great condition. Since it is winter I veggies and greens thrown to them but also a mixture of layer crumble and scratch. (scratch to help them put on weight) I've tried my best since there's no grass and bugs to keep their diet good. Any tips and advice is appreciated! Since I'm a newer farmer :)
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    62,258
    4,325
    666
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    A picture would help, but it sounds as if she may be in the early stages of having a frostbitten comb. [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,646
    1,817
    448
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas, BombChickenMom, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! I agree with sourland - sounds like frostbite.
     
  6. [​IMG] these are before i put any vasaline on the comb or wattle
    [​IMG]
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,187
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. White comb? Could be favus, a fungus. Miconazole will will take care of it...if that's what it is.
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Are her wattles and vent also pale, our just her comb?
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,187
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    We posted at the same time. It's not favus.
     
  10. 1muttsfan...it doesn't seem pale. Just super dry looking.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by