Help, I think my chickens comb is shrinking lol!!!!

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  1. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Leghorn is 8 months old. Two weeks ago she stopped laying, is dropping feathers and her comb is a dark pink (was red) and I think it's SHRINKING!!!!!

    What do I do lol????
     
  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry, she's just going through a molt! [​IMG]
     
  3. Uniontown Poultry

    Uniontown Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    All classic signs of the molt. Her reproductive system will shrink down to the size it was before she was laying, as her body throws everything into re-growing feathers. Takes a few weeks to two months depending on the bird.
     
  4. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Whew, though i was over analyzing my chickens LOL!


    Thanks everyone!
     
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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  7. kschicks2013

    kschicks2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen whose comb has definitely shrunk however she isnt losing feathers. Is this the start of molting?
     
  8. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Combs go through dramatic changes during molting. They can shrink down to an unrecognizable size and shape and color. I have a Speckled Sussex who normally sports a proud, red, stand-up-tall straight comb. During molt, it goes very pale, lays over her head like a pancake and shrinks to a shadow of its former self. After molt is finished, she gets her mojo back, and the comb is once again erect and proud and bright red.
     

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