Question about combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickfan, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. chickfan

    chickfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of absolutely beautiful leghorns with huge, bright red combs and wattles. (Maybe they all have this....?). I noticed yesterday that on the back end of the combs, the area looked grayish. They look better today. Does this indicate a possible problem? I wonder if the heat might have something to do with it.
    Thanks.
     
  2. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm..I know some people put vaseline on combs to prevent frostbite in winter but I don't know about the heat??
     
  3. chickfan

    chickfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was just the strangest looking thing. I thought there might be something that I had never heard about that could be wrong. The chickens are hot, but have access to lots of shade and lots of water, and I don't know what else to do for them. It scared me to see those combs looking so strange, because I have just been fascinated with how big and pretty and bright red they are.
    I know if there is an answer, someone on this board will know!
    Thanks for your reply!
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It may be nothing at all. The heat could be a factor but I recommend to just observe the combs for major changes. If they are eating and drinking normally, I wouldnt worry too much about it.
     
  5. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Dawg53, if that's their only symptom, they're probably just fine. I had some hens with a similar problem that turned out to just have a topical fungus on their comb. I treated it with some rubbing alcohol for a few days and it disappeared.
     
  6. chickfan

    chickfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for these replies! I feel a lot better about it now. I just didn't want something to sneak up on me that I hadn't heard about.
     
  7. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of roos whose combs do that, too. One morning I went into the pen, both combs were bluish on the ends. I went in in the afternoon and they were bright red again.

    I have not come up with a reason why, but I have been noticing it for the past couple years, and it happens on different roos. I haven't had any die on me, so I guess they are all right.

    Angie
     
  8. chickfan

    chickfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Angie. I guess there is always something new to learn about our little ones.
     

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