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Lavender Orpington with dark patches on comb?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by IroquoisEgg, May 30, 2011.

  1. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey BYC,

    My almost 4 month old cockerel has dark black splotches on his comb and wattles. They've been there since he was just a chick, his "sister" has it too. It is not scabs or any fowl pox because it is actually th e coloring of his skin. Here's a couple pics:

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  2. Ritavale

    Ritavale Out Of The Brooder

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    If they are the dark purplish/blue marks, they turn black, that normally is from frost bite/extreme cold, lack of oxygen, could even have been from some sort of trauma to the combs ie: being pecked. As long as they don't appear to be in bad health its nothing to worry about, if they are blue/purplish from lack of oxygen then they would be showing signs of being sick. Certainly is a lovley coloured bird![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  3. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much! It is his actual skin color, which I am guessing is just one of those genetics things..his sister has the same coloring.
     
  4. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

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    I don't know exactly what they call it when they have the dark coloring in them but I can tell you that from my own personal experience with my lavender orpingtons that the dark color goes away as they mature. The comb and wattles get bigger and become normal bright red. [​IMG]
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If it is the skin color, I am sure it will change to full red by maturity. Not sure what would cause it though. I had a couple rooster get in a fight that made the one's comb look like that. Bruised maybe? He healed up fine and it is pure red now.
     

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