Her comb isn't bright red!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chris623, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Chris623

    Chris623 Songster

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    I tried to do a search on this, but I never know what to ask the search engine to get an answer. So here goes.

    One of my hens has a comb that's not bright red.............like all the others. It's more a pale pink. She's not a real active participant in the flock and prefers to be the one on a nest most all day keeping the largest pile of eggs warm. (got her fooled, though, because non of the eggs are fertile!) If I take her off the nest when I throw out vegetable scraps, she'll run like everyone else for her share, so she's not lethargic. But if I pick her up off a next and put her on the ground with other hens, they all peck at her comb. This is my first year with chickens, so I don't really know what might be wrong, or what I should do. Is she not healthy, or is her comb just not as pretty as the others? [​IMG]
     

  2. nuts4chickens

    nuts4chickens Songster

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    Could she be broody? If she's gone broody it is normal for her comb to turn less red because she wont lay while setting.
     
  3. Chris623

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    I wouldn't know what "broody" is. I know she won't get off the eggs very often...........only to eat or drink what she has to. If that's "broody", then I guess she is. She's been this way for about 3 weeks now.
     
  4. babyblue

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    broody means she wants to sit on eggs and hatch babies out. I have two broody hens I need to break and the other hens are down right nasty to them.
     
  5. Chris623

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    Okay, so if all she want's to do is sit on eggs, she must be broody. But how would one go about "breaking" her of it as you say you need to do?
     
  6. Whitehouse Quail

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    Quote:Throw her out of the nesting box and remove the eggs, put ice under her instead. They don't like the cold and wetness! [​IMG]
     
  7. jjparke

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    You've got to shew her out of the nest every time you see her on it. The comb doesn't sound like a problem to me. If it turns deep red or purple then you have a problem. This is usually a sign of severe dehydration or respiratory issues.
     

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