RI Red Hen comb is pale, etc

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stockekj, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. stockekj

    stockekj Hatching

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    My 3 yr old Rhode Island Red hen is looking terrible. Her comb is small and pale red, feathers on her head look like they are broken and her feet look arthritic - gnarly and fat. Her body feathers look messy and dull. She is not lethargic but does not join in with the other hens. She is eating and laying. I don't know how else to describe it ... she just doesn't look "right".
    Any advice would be most welcome.
     
  2. Wiggles12

    Wiggles12 Hatching

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    How long since her last molt? That is how mine look just before they molt. They look horrible, color in comb fades out as their bodies get ready to start to make feathers. Is she losing lots of feathers? Hope that is all it is.

    Good luck.

    Kim
     
  3. Staceyfeindt

    Staceyfeindt In the Brooder

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    Could it be mites?
     
  4. ChickLover<3

    ChickLover<3 Hatching

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    I agree mine always look like that after molting
     

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