Floppy Comb?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kitty Cat, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several chickens who have floppy combs. There doesn't seem to be a real reason. I thought they may have been dehydrated but they're drinking fine, and after putting electrolytes in their water, they did not improve. I switched feeds, to something much better, Layena Laying Pellets. Egg-laying has definitely increased and overall health seems much better, as well as good hard egg shells!

    After a bout with Fowl Pox, I decided to put my chickens on Immuno Boost from McMurray Hatchery, it has very good reviews, it's a pro-biotic and immune booster. Which I think my hens need at this point.

    It looks like the combs are beginning to harden again but I can't quite tell just yet. Does anyone know why my hens combs are flopping over like this?
     
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What breed are they? Some breeds -- like Leghorns and Minorcas -- have floppy combs as a norm, and other breeds will get floppy combs as well. I've seen some Barred Rocks on here with big floppy combs.
     
  3. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard too much protine an not enough sunlight... Not sure if thats true or not.. I have one with a floppy comb
     
  4. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Rhode Island Reds, Red Stars, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and a few mixes between all of them. My, Red Star and her chick (now over a year old) are the main hens who have floppy combs. A few Rocks, and Orps, the Reds, not so much, though, the older hens seem to be the ones who seem to be the main floppy combed culprits.
     
  5. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My hens just started on a new diet, before they weren't getting enough of anything. They were pretty unhealthy. As for sunlight my chickens get plenty of that! I have a nice big run for them, and the way the sun shine there's almost always a lot of sunlight in there for them. I have thought about extending the run, and the extension not having a roof, but that's impractical being that tree limbs fall constantly, meaning the extension would be shot lived.
     
  6. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a sussex with a floppy comb, but that was due to getting her head stuck in deer fencing a while back.
     

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