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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cha Cha Chicken, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chirping

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    My 7 week old RIR has a purple comb- I have no Idea why- looks like she's been eating berries![​IMG] she acts normal and healthy, but looks so strange!
    can anybody help?
     

  2. Pheonix

    Pheonix In the Brooder

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    It doesn't say from where you live, but if it's getting I to freezing, it might be frostbite. The toes and comb are the first things to freeze from what I've read.
     
  3. Purple face or comb indicates a lack of oxygen. Could be a respiratory infection, or something else. Feel the legs and see if they are warm/hot. That would indicate a fever. VetRX may help. Perhaps others will have a good solution........Pop
     
  4. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chirping

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    Im in Colorado..... but its only gotten cold today- the purpleness came up last week when it was still hot.
    wouldn't she be acting funny if she had a respiratory infection?
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

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    Can you post a picture?

    The back of our roo's comb would get purple during the spring and other times of year when his hormones were surging. I've noticed a similar thing with my hens in the spring, too.

    Seven weeks is kind of early for the hormonal changes of puberty. As a hen gets close to her sexual maturity, her comb and wattles will gradually begin to turn bright red.
     
  6. Quote:Depends on the severity of it. Did her legs feel warm? Any wheezing, coughing, sneezing?.......Pop
     

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