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orpington lost colour in comb and face is pale

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by andy irons, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. andy irons

    andy irons New Egg

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    hi eveyone,
    my orpington cross has gone very pale around comb and head and looks a bit unkempt. shes around 30-35 weeks old and today is running around less than others.
    did have a mite and lice problem a month ago but our other two birds seem fine. cleaned out house, sprayed anti mite spray, allowed to dry and put mice and lice powder in bedding.
    any advice would be appreciated. thanks
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
    Have you inspected the bird now for signs of a resurgence of the mites/lice?
     
  3. CooksonMama

    CooksonMama Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Andy--

    I'm new to chickens, but a few months ago my barred rock lost all her color in her comb and anywhere else red, and her normally white bits looked very yellow. This happened after 7 days of 105+ heat during which I was fighting to keep everyone cool. I put out several kiddie pools with 2 or so inches of water and changed the water twice a day, as well as kept standing water and water on the grass and bushes everywhere possible. I also fed lots of frozen green beans and watermelon Popsicles (I bet puréed frozen melon would be better, but that's what I had on hand). She also wasn't eating and was constantly panting. When I started isolating her and giving her a tray of water with a few ice cubes and feeding lots of frozen treats, she perked back up after two days.

    So I would ask, has it been very hot where you are? Is it possible that she has heat exhaustion? Also, our Zebra went into a molt immediately after her illness. But what you've described sounds exactly like what we experienced and that is how I treated it. I hope it helps, and if not I hope you find the help you need here!
     
  4. CooksonMama

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    Hi Andy! Did you ever find out what was wrong with her? Did she recover?
     

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