Lethargic Buff Orpington--seems broody but pale comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tempest555, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. tempest555

    tempest555 New Egg

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    I have a small flock of various birds and one is a 2-year-old Buff Orpington. About 2 weeks ago she started acting broody. I would take her out the nesting box and collect the eggs but she would continue to go to the same box.

    After a week of this, I took her to the vet. The vet told me she appears healthy, a good weight, and there were no parasites.

    I continue to watch her and she seems to be in decline. When I take her out the nesting box she goes straight for the food and water but then gets back into the box. Her comb is getting more and more pale but I haven't noticed any trouble breathing as of yet.

    I think I will quarantine her today. I am feeding the hens Dumor layer crumble and have two containers of water I fill about every 2-3 days. I also feed them table scraps and fruit pulp from juicing. I just realized I haven't given them any type of grit in a while so will do that today.

    Any help or suggestions would be great!

    Thanks,
    Tara
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Combs do get pale when birds go broody. It's perfectly normal. I believe it is related to hormonal changes.

    Good luck.
     

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