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floppy comb

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by trailhound, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Some of my hens have a comb that flops over to one side. Is this normal, or is it an indicator of something wrong?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It can be normal. If there are other behavioral changes, then it can be a sign. Leghorns and large combed girls usually have floppy ones.
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    some hens combs get larger with age especially with single comb breeds.
  4. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    There are several breeds that have combs large enough to flop over. It may not be a problem at all! My White Leghorns comb does that too.
  5. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Floppy combs is not necessarily related to size. Tiny and small combs can and do flop over. Appears to be genetic. Floppy combs is also required, preferred or accepted in certain breeds.
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have one RIR whose comb is rather large and is beginning to tilt.
  7. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    One of my Golden Comets has a floppy comb and she has also started making a strange noise- almost like she is starting to crow combined with a hiccup- it is hard to describe. After she makes this noise she bends her neck in a strange way.
  8. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    [​IMG] She is a he! I had a beloved Jersey Giant that did the same thing! She/he had gender confusion, because as long as I denied the truth, PJ was a girl!

    RIP PJ Tina/tfpets
  9. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Well, she has been laying eggs, I guess she just wants to be a rooster. She isn't very dominant.
  10. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    Yes.......Both my leghorns combs flop over to one side. [​IMG]

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