Rooster with part purple comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Buffmama, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Buffmama

    Buffmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    Ok, so I search for answers and fall asleep while reading so I never find them. Here's our issue we have 4 roos. We have one who is especially mean who takes a nip at you any time he thinks he can get away with it. Usually gets a quick smack to the tail feathers for his efforts. Not sure if this has anything to do with a part of his comb turning dark. It happens at any time of the day and not sure if it stays that way for long though I have checked on him throughout the day and he will be normal then change later to dark. Any thoughts on what is happening? I would appreciate your input. Thank you.

    Jodi
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

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    He is not getting enough oxygen to his comb at times. I would think he has heart trouble.
     
  3. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roo has this too and he is narcoleptic! Not literally, he doesn't fall completely asleep. He will, however, doze off every few minutes then wake and take a few steps, then doze again. His comb is often tinged with blue/purple and if anything causes him to over-exert himself....mating, or panic...he pants afterwards. I have always assumed this to be due to circulation/heart problems so would never breed from him but he is otherwise a happy boy and takes good care of my girls whilst remaining very docile so culling was not a consideration.
     
  4. Buffmama

    Buffmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Does this happen often? I was planning to give him a new home. I can't kill him because I promised my DDs immunity to our first group of chickens. Is there anything to be done for a chicken with a bad heart? I am going to our local county fair today and talking to the lady in charge of the poultry section. Hopefully she can help us find a home for him and another roo(yet to be decided). Thanks.
    Jodi
     
  5. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't imagine there's anything you can do for him, other than find him a good home and make sure the new owner is aware of the issue so they do not breed from him.
     
  6. allhisblessings

    allhisblessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster gets purple tips randomly. Warm weather, cool weather, excited, calm, angry or not...it's always random. He's fine. Really. It's okay.
     
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