Very Red Comb on Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fluffy_Feathers, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Fluffy_Feathers

    Fluffy_Feathers Chirping

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    This is my Buff Orpington hen, Maude. Her comb and face and everything have always been very red, never changing colors to a lighter pink color, unlike her buff sister, E.B (on the right in the picture below). In the below picture, E.B's comb is slightly lighter than Maude's, but I've seen her comb lighter. (This was also before E.B was about to lay an egg, too).
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    Maude's comb grew oddly shaped and wavy, and it appears the spike on the back of her head isn't completely sticking out, but more of kinda "jammed" in her head. Jammed seems too much of a harsh word, considering it doesn't seem to hurt her and it doesn't look irritated (other than the whole think looking red). She isn't laying yet, but I think she will soon. I thought maybe that was the reason her comb was so red, but it was like this way before. She doesn't act sick or anything. Is this natural? Will her weird comb cause a problem? Thanks.

    On an unrelated topic, she also has bad aim. If I have something kinda small in my hand, or if I stick a blade of grass out for her, she has a very hard time grabbing it. She will bite under it. I'm not worried about it, I'm just curious if that is normal among some chickens or if I just picked a very weird chick out of the bunch, lol.
     

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  2. adstowe

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    I have a barred rock hen who has horrible aim too. She's sorta an outcast. The other hens cliqued up and she just never joined in. Her brood mates even joined the older birds instead of hanging out with her. I question whether her bad aim and reluctance to leave the coop area are based on poor eyesight, but she does fine with the current arrangement, so I just make it a point to make sure I bring treats and stuff to her, since she won't be out with the others when they get them and let things be.
     
  3. Fluffy_Feathers

    Fluffy_Feathers Chirping

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    Aw, poor hen! It's good you give her treats. My hen isn't and outcast, but when it comes to treats she doesn't really go after them because the other chickens will snatch them, so i always give her some and wait until she grabs it lol. Now she hops on me and scratches me for food :lau
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    All combs are slightly different so I'm sure she's fine, wonky comb and all. My Buff Rock has a comb where the back "fingers" are stuck together and flopping to the side, and her comb is always a little more pale than the others.

    I attribute bad aim on a chicken to the fact that they can't wear tiny eyeglasses. :cool: Some of my chickens are very accurate with their aim, some of them are pretty lousy at aiming.
     
  5. adstowe

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    It's funny. After my comments on here, I just went outside and my barred rockwas wandering around with the others. Weird
     
  6. kingchickies

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    We have a SLW that we call whirly bird because she spins in a few circles before she walks off. Weird. Lol
     

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