Purple comb - Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    The tips of our one-year old BR's comb are purple and the purple was extending halfway down towards the center of the comb. DBF held him for 10-15 minutes and the red came back; just purple at the very tips now. Assuming it's from the cold - it's about 25 here now, but the chickens are in the coop in the garage and not exposed to the elements.

    Does this mean he is sick or is this normal? The hens' combs all look fine. Thank you -

  2. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Newark, Ohio
    Might have a touch of frost bite. Try rubbing it down with vaseline or aquaphor.
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Thanks - heading out now to put some vaseline on. We're hoping it isn't a sign of a major problem.
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    My roo's comb does the same thing when he's outside. I don't think its anything serious. Just the cold getting to it.
  5. flchickenlady

    flchickenlady In the Brooder

    Oct 31, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    My roos combs do the same thing and it's from the cold. Put some Vaseline on it.
  6. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    That's what we did and all is well. What we can't understand is why it was purple when it was 30 degrees, but it is fine and red at 23 degrees...weird.
  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    The roo I used to have would do that even in mid-Summer. If he was mad or stressed or sometimes just for no reason at all. I have heard of others doing it too. Mine was healthy and never sick.....just mean!!! Whatever it was never seemed to cause him any problems.

  8. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    My old roosters do fine through the winter, our young roosters (under a year-old) usually get frost bite on the tips of their combs. We butcher the young roosters. This is my observation.
  9. chickenmum

    chickenmum Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Their combs might get purple-ish when they are stressed.
  10. rockchick

    rockchick In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2009
    Hi I'm new to BYC - started keeping chickens this year. Have a lovely blue leghorn who has successfully provided us with four chicks a few weeks ago. Last week he was attacked by two of our dogs - amazingly, he survived and was back crowing again after a few days. This morning though he is making a strange noise (not rasping - more like one of the hens) and his comb and wattle is very pale. He usually runs off if you approach him, but he didn't and he let me touch him, but then shook himself off and squawked as if something was hurting him. Any ideas?

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