Pullet's comb is completely black

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by House of chic, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. House of chic

    House of chic Out Of The Brooder

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    This one I imagine is going to stump most. I have a 4 month old Black Copper Maran pullet whose comb is completely black and has never really grown and developed like the others. I will include a picture. Any ideas what could have or could be causing this? Also do you think this is hormonal or could affect her ability to lay eggs? Out of the 4 BCM chicks I got this year 3 were Roosters! [​IMG]

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  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? I've seen this in a few young Black Sex-Link pullets before. Once they approach laying age, their combs grow out a bit and redden up nicely. If the others were roos, that would explain why their combs took off quicker.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's called gypsy face, and as they mature, it usually fades. It's caused by melanizing genes that are frequently present in black birds.
     
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  4. House of chic

    House of chic Out Of The Brooder

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    So you don't think it will affect her ability to lay eggs?
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Not at all. It's purely a cosmetic thing.
     

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