purple comb and wattles found on dead hen

johnsl1

Hatching
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
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Hello everyone I need some help.
I found one of my young aracona hens dead in a large wood pile where she likes to hide her eggs. No signs of struggle and no damage was noticed on her. However her comb and wattles(very small) and eyes appeared purple.
A friend suggested that she may have been bitten by a snake in the woodpile. I live in central Texas and some days our temperatures are warm but I really didn't feel like snakes would be all that active right now. She displayed no symptoms of distress in prior days.
Any ideas?
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
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Apr 20, 2007
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That can happen just as a result of death. I wouldn't place much reliance on it to tell you what happened.

FWIW if they had been purpleish or bluish before death, that would be from impaired circulation such as heart problems, systemic infection, etc (or I suppose snakebite but that sounds really unlikely here).

Condolences,

Pat
 

johnsl1

Hatching
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
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7
Thank you to everyone that gave me a response.
Choked - hadn't thought of that. Also very nice to know that the comb and wattles will turn purple after death. I've been watching the rest of my crew like a hawk - so far - so good.
Thank you again.
 

kayri

Songster
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Jul 6, 2007
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Sorry for you loss. Hope you have lots more to keep you smiling.

Kay
 

Fancy Feather Poultry

Cooped Up
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May 30, 2007
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A choked chicken does do not turn
purple, all I can figure is a snake bite, disease
or maybe some sort of infection.
 
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Chickaroo!

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12 Years
Dec 27, 2007
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Sorry to hear about your loss. :aww I had one of my hens die on Tues. I don't know how/why she died, but her comb & wattles were "skin" colored. I've never owned chickens before and this was my first experience with one dying so I don't know what's normal and what's not.
 

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