Odd Color in Rooster's face

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Frogdogtimestwo, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    What could be causing his face to change color? Its on both sides of his face, checked his body for mites found none. No excessive feather loss.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Cuckoo Marans born July 7
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. acting normal
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. FREE CHOICE FRESH WATER/Purina start and grow
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. NORMAL
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? NOTHING JUST NOTICED TONIGHT
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? N/A
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use COOP HAS SHAVINGS/ROOSTS ARE LOGS


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    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 25, 2008
  2. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Forgot to mention that I recently(within the last week) started letting them have a handful of scratch on cold nights, that is the only change in diet other from what I have always treated them. Would that cause an allergic reaction?
    *edited to add, it is turning grey almost a shimmery silver. I do not believe it is within his breed standard. Looking for suggestions.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2008
  3. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Honey are you talking about the really red in his face. If so then as they get mature the combs and wattles get a darker red. Comes with sexual maturity.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Do you mean the white edges on his earlobes? I dont think you have anything to worry about. Sometimes when they've battled cocci and had lots of bloody poop, they seem to get pale-faced like they are anemic, but I dont see anything that should be of concern.
  5. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Don't freak yet! A little change is normal sometimes. Keep an eye on him.
  6. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Quote:Yes by his earlobes, do you think he is fighting some sort of infection? I am wondering if I should add some electrolytes/vitamins to his water.
    *I am not trying to sound paranoid, but he is so much friendlier than his brother whom I am planning on getting rid of. I don't want to take the chance of not having a Cuckoo Marans roo for the girls. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2008
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    I also do not have a direct answer for you....
    keep monitoring him and if the area becomes swollen or such report back.
    You can always give a good supplement like AviaCharge 2000 to help ensure against deficiencies....
  8. From what i have seen in my roos, the ear lobes do change colors when a roo reaches a certian age, sexual maturity or even pecking order in the flock. I love my roos. I have a leghorn roo that is "the chicken" of the flock. His earlobes changed color when he reached sexual maturity.
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    electrolytes/vitamins to his water wont hurt him even if theres nothing wrong with him. if he's fighting an infection, he should have a small fever, does his comb feel warmer then usual? ,, thats all i gots ,, sorries.
  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I think he is just reaching sexual maturity and he is showing signs that he is mixed with a bird that carries white ear lobes. He doesn't look ill at all to me.

    I do not know what the standard is for cuckoo marans and if it is a hatchery bird, more than likely mixed or maybe that is just the way the are.

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