Floppy Combs & Paper Thin Eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Paully37, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Paully37

    Paully37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    Hello:) I have 3 Maran hens that are approx 5 mos old and have *just* started or are about to start laying.
    The one that started laying first had a floppy comb first, now her sisters are beginng to follow suit.
    Their eggs have been scratched looking (there have only been a few) until today when the egg was less scratched looking but paper thin.
    They are still grazing and seem fairly normal (they have always been our calmest birds).
    The Maran Hens eyes also have had much larger pupils than our Maran Roo. It seems like the inner Iris is dark brown instead of golden. They also have much paler combs than him...
    We have not noticed any weird excrement.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Copernica most likely just started laying & got floppy second:

    Bright Eyes (hen) with Howl (roo) was our first layer and first to have floppy comb.

    Esmerelda (hen) with Ozzy (roo) has most likely not started laying and seems to show early signs of floppiness:

    Please let me know if you have any info to offer.
    Thank you:)
  2. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    I have a few hens with floppy combs but their eggs are fine, I think the floppy combs are genetic, and don't nessessarily signal any illness. Stressing, "I think" ... I have a Red Star and RIR with floppy combs, they look like your girls's. As for the thin shells, my only advice would be to make sure they're getting enough calcium. Mine have never laid and egg with a thin shell, but I have always provided layer feed and oyster shell, as well as crushing up egg shells to feed back to them, and letting them free range during the day. I'm by no means an expert, [​IMG] so hopefully some more experienced chicken folk will be along to offer more advice. [​IMG] Good luck.
  3. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    its fine well i think it will go away
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  4. TWAdams

    TWAdams Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2011
    When we first got the last batch of hens that were just starting to lay they had the same problems with the shells. Like with our other birds we have a couple of oyster shell feeding stations, in about a week they were as good as the rest of our flock.
  5. Paully37

    Paully37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    Thanks for the advice! We have some oyster shell here but so far our other hens have not needed the supplementation. I will add some so that these marans can be healthier!!
  6. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    I'm glad I came across this thread because I noticed one of my hens....a black something (I can't remember) has a comb that looks just your hens. Besides being partially floppy it is of normal color and she seem healthy, eating, drinking, and free ranging. As for her eggs I can't say which one is hers but they all seem to be fine with good strong shells. I think I read someplace that might be a sign that they are going into molt mode which doesn't make sense to me. Why would that affect their comb, it has to do with the feathers. I'm a little concerned and I'm gonna try to do some more reading.

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