Flopped over comb?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OKprairiegirll, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. OKprairiegirll

    OKprairiegirll Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chicken's combs is flopped over to the side? What does this mean?
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed, sex, and age is the chicken?
     
  3. OKprairiegirll

    OKprairiegirll Out Of The Brooder

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    She's a 5 to 6 month old White Leghorn. Large bright red comb. Have 4 of these as well as some Gold Laced Wyandottes. None of the others have floppy combs.
     
  4. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    It is normal for some breeds but not others. It can indicate illness if it occurs in a chicken that normally has an upright crest. It can also indicate dehydration, the body being too long in a state of brooding, an attempt to heal an injury while not supported through diet sufficiently (in this case it represents a form of autophagy, wherein the body is consuming some cells to grow others back) and it can also represent hormonal issues/insufficiencies.

    If the chook's always been like this then it's just genetic. Some breeds have this as a trait. I've seen this in white leghorns from families that included normal leghorn crests too. I don't think they were 100 purebred.
     
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  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A flopped over comb is common for Leghorn hens.


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