Getting Darker Comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    My hen is 6 1/2. For the last few years, she's been a somewhat labored breather, but good weight. She seems to be dropping weight, and her comb is getting like a dark purple color. She seems more unsteady on her feet. It may have been developing for 2-3 years. Anyone have any information to offer?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would guess that she has either a heart condition or impaired lung function. I think that the best that you can do for her is to keep her comfortable and non stressed.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Put your ear to her side and listen for "clicking," if you hear it, it's a bad heart valve.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I''ve listened to her but for respiratory issues. I'll have to listen again for heart sounds, probably this weekend because I'll be back home then.
     

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