wattle suddenly gone cyanotic, but comb fine. Is this fowl cholera?

Perris

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Not knowingly; the only thing I've been adding is bonemeal around established trees and bushes. Does that contain nitrates? I imagine it does have calcium in quantity.
 

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yes he had water, yes crop fine this morning, yes got photos of his poop, which looks completely normal (so someone else in the flock is producing those lime green poops :hmm ) but the sun needs to get higher to get a decent photo of him in the crate in the shed; more to follow when I have photos of his comb and wattles as well as his poop! :p I imagine you are all asleep now anyway :D
Still don't really know what's up.

If he were mine and he's acting normal...I would put him back out. Sometimes even if something is "wrong" there's not a lot that can be done. Just keep an eye on him and see how it goes.
 

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If he were mine and he's acting normal...I would put him back out.
oh good! that was my thinking too. He's acting completely normal.

What's the protein and calcium percentages in the feed you give?
they get fermented premium mix corn to start and end the day;
the nutritional profile for the feed dry is 75% wheat, 25% cut maize, veg oil 0-10%
Oil 2%, protein 10.5%, fibre 2.5%, ash 1.5%.
The rest of the day they eat whatever they choose from the garden and environs. There are lots of weeds inc. clover, chickweed, dandelion, nettles, docks, wild garlic and other very nutritious greens, which are coming up now and at their tastiest. And grass aplenty.
Most days I give them some more protein in the form of tinned sardines, mealworms, or suchlike in late afternoon to get them back near the coops. Once a week or thereabouts they get some natural yogurt. Oyster shell is available separately free choice. There's plenty of grit inc. calcium in the disintegrating mortar of the terrace (the soil is mostly clay).
And when they're molting they get poultry spice on the ff.
They've thrived on this for years, without issue hitherto.
 

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you don't have it over there? I think it's really old school over here for all types of poultry. So, it contains unspecified minerals, micronised wheat (whatever that is), powdered ginger, turmeric, fenugreek and aniseed. I teaspoon added to the feed per 10 birds, as much as daily, but I do once a week.
5% protein, 1% fibre, 2% crude oils and fats, 66% crude ash, 24% calcium, 0.85% potassium, 0.3% magnesium. 1.25% added iron.
 

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you don't have it over there? I think it's really old school over here for all types of poultry. So, it contains unspecified minerals, micronised wheat (whatever that is), powdered ginger, turmeric, fenugreek and aniseed. I teaspoon added to the feed per 10 birds, as much as daily, but I do once a week.
5% protein, 1% fibre, 2% crude oils and fats, 66% crude ash, 24% calcium, 0.85% potassium, 0.3% magnesium. 1.25% added iron.
There's all kinds of additives and concoctions over here.
 

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Glad the scare is over. I've had my rooster scare me like that, and he's still up and operating. Large combs and wattles seem to do that occasionally. Absent other symptoms, I've learned to just watch him for any other signs and try not to worry.
 
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