Hens with bluish/purple comb

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

  1. Ziggy104

    Ziggy104 New Egg

    Oct 31, 2013
    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

    Oct 15, 2013
    mukilteo, wa
    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

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    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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