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Laying hens comb wilting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by deidreschultz, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. deidreschultz

    deidreschultz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May 27, 2009
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    i have 8 chickens about 22 weeks old. 4 are hens. 3 of the 4 are laying daily. the hens that are laying their combs are leaning over. i have them on layer, have oyster shell, acv in water, cayenne pepper and dc in the feed, and give them fresh veggies and fruit every day with a little yogurt. everyone else has nice erect combs. the rir roos have big combs and they stand straight up. the hens are red sex links. any ideas on why this is happening. i thought maybe they're like us and once you give birth everything kinda goes south. i posted this question on the illness and someone thought it could be worms. i've been doing the cayenne pepper for a long time, and that doesn't make sense to me cause it's just the layers. appreciate any thoughts and info. thanks
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I have several different breeds that have this also. I just assumed it was because they are hatchery birds and not particularly quality birds?[​IMG]
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    I have a RIR and a BR like that but it is no problem. It is just the way they were born that way. Their combs are actually straightening up.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
  4. deidreschultz

    deidreschultz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, i was hoping that it wasn't a health issue.
     
  5. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    I raise cochin bantams and the hens dont have large combs. However, I know that when they go thru a laying cycle their combs begin to loose color as nutrients in their body are used up for egg production. It may be that the combs of these birds naturally fall over as they reach maturity or do so after they begin laying for a while. I am sure it is fine. Several breeds of chickens like leghorns, just naturally do that.
     

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