Leghorn comb paler than normal

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jdleston, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. jdleston

    jdleston Out Of The Brooder

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    My 5 month old leghorn is acting normal, save a tiny reduction in eggs/week, has had a sorta tidye looking comb for two days. The colors range from pale pink to almost white to red at times. I checked for live and mites and found none. All poop looks normal. I don't know if she is going through a winter depression :), an illness I can't name, frostbite, cold or whatever.

    I want to know if I should just keep a lookout or do something more proactive than garlic, herbs and new dust bath spaces.

    Hope you can sorta see in these pics.

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  2. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Not sure but it looks like frost bite... Could be a few things though... Maybe favus ( ring worm )
    How cold is it? Is it humid? What type of bedding do you use?
     
  3. jdleston

    jdleston Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been really cold, -20 to -10 for a couple days. Its a bit warmer now, but comb is remaining the same. They have a warm coop though with good ventilation. it is nice and dry. I use pine shaving deep litter and it breaks up like earth as it is supposed to, so I don't think it is humid in there. How would I check for those worms?
     
  4. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Ringworm is actually a fungal infection but since you're coop is dry and you use pine shavings I doubt that it's ringworm its probably just the cold... The beginning of frostbite setting in destroying the circulation in the comb... My big buff Orpington roos comb looks fairly similar and I'm certain he has frostbite. I'm not too certain about how to treat it but I have started putting lanolin on his comb to protect it from further damage... If you search favus on the forum you should be able to find some good pics but I'm leaning toward frost bite... Favus thrives in wet bedding especially hay a few of my birds had a mild case this year. Or in bad feed...
     
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  5. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI,
    Take a selection of poo to the vet so he can look for worms in the microscope.
    That's what I do.
    mg
     
  6. jdleston

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    I looked on the forums for other pictures of frostbite and it does look to be early onset. I am glad I caught it early. It is warm, which I think is good. I will continue to monitor... If she starts acting abnormal, I will look into other things. Thanks!
     

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