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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OKprairiegirll, Aug 25, 2013.
One of my chicken's combs is flopped over to the side? What does this mean?
What breed, sex, and age is the chicken?
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.
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.
A flopped over comb is common for Leghorn hens.