My Hamburg's comb is starting to turn purpleish at the base of the comb. She is also losing feathers and stopped laying last week. I thought she was molting but then her comb started to shrivel, pale and now is getting some purple. Is the purple a sign of something else or is she just molting?
Well, I just learned about gold pencilled hamburgs, LOL. I still think yours is a golden campine since yours has a straight comb, while hamburgs have rosecombs. I will have to try to find out something about the darkness at the base of the comb. Is it on both sides? As long as we keep posting here and keep this thread alive, someone may have an answer. If she is alert and active, eating and drinking, it may not be anything serious. Fungal infections of the comb (favus) can affect part of the comb, wattles, and earlobes, but it usually chalky white. Miconazole cream is used to treat it topically.