White Comb, new to owning chickens and worried!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TammiP, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. TammiP

    TammiP Just Hatched

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    Hello all, we own 4 lovely ladies, we have noticed over the last few days that 2 of them have white on their comb's. We've only had them for a week, so we are unsure if this is normal or not. The white isn't fluffy and doesn't seem to be getting any worse. They are very active and friendly birds. Does anyone know if this white patch is normal? [​IMG]
     
  2. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and welcome

    You are showing a picture of their ear lobes not their comb. Ear lobes vary in colour according to breed. Most breeds have red ones but some have white and silkies have a very pretty turquoise. The ear lobes on your hen have a slight whitening to them which may be as a result of their mixed breeding.... it looks like you have red sex link hens. Anyway, the white colouring is nothing to worry about.

    For your information, the red fleshy part on the top of the head is the comb and those below the beak are the wattles.

    Best wishes

    Barbara
     
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  3. TammiP

    TammiP Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for your reply! Our minds are at ease now... and I've learnt the difference between chicken ears and combs!!
     
  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the interests of accuracy, ear lobes and ears are actually two different things. Ear lobes are the fleshy protuberance you were querying the colouration of, the ears themselves are the holes behind the tufts of feathers just above them.

    I've just noticed you are in the UK. Whereabouts are you? There are a few threads for UK members if you are interested in discussing local issues like weather and bird flu restrictions or perhaps making contact with enthusiasts in your area or just making friends.

    This is one of them....

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/655508/uk-member-please-say-hi/2500#post_18105736
     
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