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Wattles and Crowns

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by joshbparker, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. joshbparker

    joshbparker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I am a little new with chickens and I have a question. My chicken used to have a large beautiful crown and wattle, it was really big and the redest red ever. But I have notice that the size of the crown and wattles have shrunk and has lots is really red coloration. What could this be???? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Shriveling and discoloration of the comb is a sign of sickness or molting.
     
  3. joshbparker

    joshbparker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did think that she is molting because she has lost sooooo many feathers and she has stopped laying completely.
     
  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it is molting season. I have also noticed that those of my hens who are molting the worst have more pale combs or crowns. I have been trying to add more protein to their diet to support feather re growth.
     
  5. joshbparker

    joshbparker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, what do you recommend adding to their diet to help the feather growth. [​IMG]
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    In this photo the hen on the left is very ill from heavy metal toxicity. Note the lack of color and size throughout her comb, wattles, and face. She died several weeks after this photo.

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    This hen is obviously in a very heavy molt. Her comb and wattle have shrunk but still have some color.
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    The same hen 4 months later fully feathered and back in egg production
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    Heat stress made this hen go pale. However, her comb and wattles are of normal size
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    This hen was suffering from internal laying. Note how her comb and wattles have shrunk but still have some color. She died several months after this photo.
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    This hen has small wattles and comb due to her genetics. She has a nice healthy color, though.
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  7. joshbparker

    joshbparker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone that posted a reply thanks this helped so much!!!!!![​IMG]
     

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