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Dry looking combs????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Half-a-dozen, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    While I was spending time with the girls tonight I noticed there combs looked dry and maybe chapped????
    They are not cracked or bleeding just really dry looking, WHY???

    They are only 5 1/2 weeks old. What would make this happen?
    Is is bad?
    What should I do? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Deep breath!!! You sound very stressed.

    I think this is part of the growing process. Just like they shed feathers as they grew, mine seemed to go through a dry-flakey comb stage. They grew out of it in a few weeks, although my RIR still has a dry looking comb. It happened around weeks 5 to 8, I think, and might have been partially caused by the transition from brooder to outdoor coop. Change in humidity, who knows.

    Don't do anything. Keep an eye on it in case it gets worse, but I bet you it is just part of growing up.

  3. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Central Missouri
    My chickens are about 15/16 weeks old now and my roosters combs and wattles are always bright, red and healthy looking, but my hen's combs sometimes look a little dry - try rubbing vegetable oil on them.
  4. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Thanks everyone.
    If anything ever serious happens, I don't know what I'll do!!!!! [​IMG]

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