1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

? does their comb get smaller as they age

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tammye, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. tammye

    tammye Songster

    685
    2
    131
    Mar 22, 2010
    NH
    My 2.5 y/o BO used to lay everyday and now has stopped. Her comb has gotten smaller and less red in color? normal with aging?
    She seems fine otherwise. THANKS
     

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    8,696
    241
    316
    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I think it's normal. Sometimes, in the fall they molt, which also causes them to stop laying and I do believe their comb is redder and more prominent when they lay. I haven't really seen any of my hen's combs shrink, but maybe they do look smaller since they're not so red......
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    24,045
    2,396
    526
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:x2
    The loss of daylight, molt, cooler temps, age all contribute to comb shrinkage...time for a break during the fall and winter months, including egg production. That will all change next spring.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by