Dirty wattles?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MyFrancesca, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. MyFrancesca

    MyFrancesca Out Of The Brooder

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    Husband pointed out the hens wattles are rather dirty. They free range and dirt bathe a lot out in the garden so I assume it's just dirt. Some seem more dirty than others. They have not seen winter yet so it's definitely not frost bite. I found the link below and the coloring is similar to ours. The chickens are not acting ill or anything. Any reason to worry or is it a sign of illness?

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/743880/dirty-combs-and-wattles
     
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  3. MyFrancesca

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    No feathers missing or balding but I will watch for that. We use DE in their bedding, nesting boxes and on the roost. Could it still be possible to have mites/fleas even though we use that?
     

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