The case of the shrinking comb

DaphneNL

Songster
7 Years
Hi everyone,
A friend just sent me some pics over whatsapp. She told me her neighbour donates to a charity that saves chickens from the industry and she received these pics of her "adoption chicken". She showed them to my friend and she's having a hard time believing that
A. These are all pics of the same hen
And
B. A comb can shrink this much
The hen received an implant (?) to keep her from laying eggs because of the severe prolapse she had and according to the neighbour that's the reason the comb shrunk.
I don't have the expertise to andere the questions properly so I was hoping you guys can help me out here.
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Amer

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Comb size is impacted by hormonal levels. The implant she was given has reduced/overridden these hormonal levels causing the reduction in comb size. She has been turned back into a healthy pullet looking bird. Dramatic improvement in condition.
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When a bird is molting she stops laying eggs and so her comb gets smaller.
Ancona pullet in summer.
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After a "mini molt"
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we think stress caused her to molt.
It's hard to believe it's the same bird.
The other Ancona who was late to lay now has a larger comb and is laying!
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horrible blurry picture that I need to delete, but you get the idea.
 

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