Pale dry looking combs----picture added

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tazcat70, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I have a couple of hens that have pale dry looking combs. I was worried that it might be fowl pox (dry) but scabs never appeared. I am feeding layer pellets with small amount of treats. They have oyster shell and grit.

    Could it be caused by the rooster grabbing on to their combs? I have a banty roo and it is only his favorite banty hens that are having this problem.

    Last edited: Mar 20, 2008
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Show us a pic...
  3. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    You would say that. [​IMG] I will post it once I get back home in a few days.

  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Are they laying? My hens combs shrivel and get dry looking when they're taking a break from laying.
  5. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I don't think so. I am getting maybe1 banty egg a day if that, and I have 5 banty hens.
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I bet they're on "vacation". Once their combs start plumping back up and looking redder you'll know the eggs will be starting again.
  7. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    My non-bearded Silkie's face gets like that, looks like dry skin. I have NEVER heard of it having to do with laying! I want to wake up my 'on strike' hens to check and see what they're combs look like! [​IMG]
  8. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Well I found the pictures on my camera card and so I uploaded one.


    The spot on her eyelid is where the roo grabbed her.
  9. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    OK now I am getting nervous. Since I posted the picture no it fowl pox and I just convinced myself that it is my roo being overly amorous?
  10. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    Tazcat70. I was glad to see your post because I was just getting ready to ask a similar question.

    I have a white leghorn roo who had the brightest red comb but now it looks like it's slowing turning pale. Has a whiteish dry look to it.

    He's also molting real bad for the first time so I'm hoping it has something to do with that.
    His wattles are still bright red.

    Maybe we have the same problem so I hope someone gives you an answer soon.

    Hope you don't mind me tagging onto your thread.


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