Hens with bluish/purple comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ziggy104, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Ziggy104

    Ziggy104 New Egg

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    I have some older red comet hens..4-5 yrs old. Recently I noticed one was very sluggish and kept slowing down till it was just lying in run. I put it down and noticed yesterday another hen that is same age was inactive. Both hens had bluish/purplish comb compared to red on other hens. The latest hen had swollen crop. When I caught her to separate from flock a large amount of fluid ran out of mouth. Any ideas as to what is going on?
     
  2. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably old age. Purple comb usually mean liver or heart problem.

    I had an old hen die that was drooling at the end.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry about your loss.

    The hybrid production breeds don't seem to live long. 3-5 year life span is common from what I've seen. If anyone else has experienced longer life spans, let me know. You could try to pick them up a bit with some Avian super Pack in the water for a few days and see if that helps. Give them 1/4 tsp per gallon of that particular dispersable powder. So long as you don't see other symptoms like diarrhea, weakness, droopy wings, it could just be old age.
     

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