Runny nose & pale comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brendaolson, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. brendaolson

    brendaolson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My year and a half old Buff Orpington hen is going trough a molt. She's got what appears to be a runny nose, but it's not dripping wet. Just wet around the edges of her nostrils, her comb is a pale pink color. She acts normal, and eats just fine. Is this normal molt behavior? What should or can I do? She hasn't laid an egg for a few weeks, but I'm assuming that's due to the molt. Thank you.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I do know the combs shrink and lighten in color during a molt to indicate they aren't laying, and she won't lay for a couple of months now, a bit of moisture I wouldn't worry unless there's sneezing, wheezing or goopy eyes or nostrils.
     
  3. brendaolson

    brendaolson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's not showing any sign of distress, though I have noticed she doesn't perch as often with the other girls at night since this. Does the Peking order ever change? She used to be at the top, but since she lost her feathers, she's the one that gets pushed aside.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    When they are molting they are uncomfortable, some will start sleeping in the nest boxes because of it, others will hide inside, they don't like being touched or brushed up against. Chickens seem to have a common respect for each other during a molt and seem to leave each other alone mostly. She should return to her normal self after all her feathers come in.
     

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