pale comb.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our EE hen hasn't laid an egg in about 2 months. We were figuring it is because she is molting plus the cold weather. This morning we were looking at her and noticed her comb is very pale. I suppose there are a hundred reasons why it is pale. Are there any obvious ones? Could she be egg bound?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I have a BO like that now. Usually a red comb is a sign that they are ready to lay. She isn't, so her comb is pale. She probably is just waiting till spring to lay.
     
  3. cmclean

    cmclean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am your neighbor in Pasadena. I hope my buff orps start laying soon. They are about five months old. Merry Christmas.
     
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  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:Merry Christmas, neighbor! Don't hold your breath on the Orps. None of mine ever started laying before 6-1/2 to 7 months old. But what a joyous spring it will be!
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hen's comb naturally becomes paler when she's taking a break from laying (or hasn't started yet).
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Hopefully it is totally natural like everyone is saying, but it could also be parasites or mosquitoes making her anemic.
     
  7. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I had a BO who was sitting on eggs, her comb turned very pale for a few days and then went back to normal bright red. I have 4 14 week old White Leghorns whose comb has recently turned very pale. The 5th one is fine, nice and bright red. First time I've seen that in my young'ins.
     

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