Soft comb on new broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by barefootchef, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. barefootchef

    barefootchef Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure if this is where I need to post this. I have a Duckwing Bantam that has decided she is broody. Since she has been setting (for about 6 days now) her comb has started falling to the side. What is up with that?
    Any opinions, or help? Do I even need to worry?
     
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Has her comb changed color at all?
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Some broodies need to be encouraged to get off the nest and eat and drink even once a day.
     
  4. barefootchef

    barefootchef Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think her comb color has changed...yet...will see again today.

    She get's off twice daily to eat (I supplement with live crickets) potty and drink.

    My husband says that it has to do with circulation (which helps hold the comb up) and that she is expending all of her energy on producing body heat (via circulation) to keep eggs warm. Does that sound possible? He is a cell biologist and teaches biochemistry, infectious disease and immunology. Much smarter than me, but knows so much about the circulatory system and how it works.
     
  5. barefootchef

    barefootchef Out Of The Brooder

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    Her comb color is normal. Any ideas?
     

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