Loss of comb color

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stephanie-hall, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Stephanie-hall

    Stephanie-hall In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    My roo used to be absolutly beautiful. The brightest red comb and the prettiest blue/purple? Ear holes ever! Then he got sick, he's been cured and it's been a few months, 4-5 I think since then and he still has a sick look to him vet says he's fine as far as health goes but he just isn't as stunning as he once was. Any advice would be very much appreciated. I'd put a picture up but I'm new and can't figure it out yet.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If he looks "sick" still, then I'd rule out worms and mites.

    Vets will do a fecal test for a small fee sometimes. Check around his vent area for mites and under the wings. However, whenever mine have mites I never see them on the birds- they make me itchy and bite me eventually unless I treat.

    One of my little Nankin roos had his comb change color when he had worms. After treatment, back to normal except the very tips of the comb.

    A pale comb might be anemia, or a heart condition, or something else????

    I hope this helps.

    Mites and worms can make them very sick and kill them.
  3. Telamon

    Telamon Songster

    May 31, 2010
    I have no idea.
    Hes probably too cold or too hot. Try putting him in a cage and put a light on him if he is cold, if he is too hot, but him in a shaded area that light dosen't get to most of the day and give him cool water.
  4. Stephanie-hall

    Stephanie-hall In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    He had worms in the beginning of spring I think, they are long gone and I haven't found mites on any of my flock. I just can't figure it out he lays in the sun to warm up and if he's cold he goes into the coup with some hens. So I'm just not sure he hasn't recovered any color since the worms.[​IMG] it's really odd
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It's possible that it could be caused by the change of seasons. There is less daylight heading into winter, egg production slows as well. Molt can be a cause as well, even if you dont see him dropping feathers. Some molts a very minor while others are prolific. It takes time for them to get through molts...small ones or full blown molts. You'll see a change heading towards spring. His comb color will return and he'll be louder and prouder than ever. Feed him some scrambled egg mixed with buttermilk in his feed to make a mash, and give it to him to eat for about 5 days.

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