Why has her comb folded over?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dutchess, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Dutchess

    Dutchess Songster

    My hen Gurty (short for gurtrude) is about 8 months old and her comb folded over, overnight, at about 6 months. Anyone have any ideas what causes that? Is it too big to stand up? [​IMG]

    And any ideas exactly what breed she is? I was told she's a Columbian Wyandotte, but her comb is straight.

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  2. vjbakke

    vjbakke Songster

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    I was thinking Delaware, but I don't know.
     
  3. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Songster

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    Looks to be a delaware, but never seen the comb so big. It is most likely mixed.
    The comb is to heavy so it floped over.
     
  4. Evelle

    Evelle Songster

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    when my chickens start laying everyday and really BIG eggs i knowticed that mine do the same thing.. i think maybe hormones cause it to be bigger and the more she has the bigger it gets.. (is this right)
    THAT is not a wyanndott no no no..
    deleware mmmmm im not to sure about that eather..
    i beleave a plymouth rock- columbian hen
    only because those are columbian marks but wyanndott NO!!
    here a some pictures to help
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    my wyanndott hen look at her comb
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    here is my deleware see her neck its more of dots then laced like a columbians neck
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    now i know its not a colombian but its a rock and a (pullet also) but see her comb looks alot like yours
    hope that helped [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  5. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    She looks like a light sussex to me. The floppy comb is nothing to worry about.
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Delawares have barring in the black coloring, where columbian color birds do not. Can't quite tell from your pic, but looks unbarred to me. Sussex have pink (white) legs, delawares and rocks yellow.
     
  7. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Songster

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    My brown leghorn Rubys comb is big and floppy too. Nothing to worry about. Gives them character I think.
     
  8. Could be an brahma [​IMG]
     
  9. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Songster

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    Not a Brahma; they have feathered feet [​IMG]
    Flopped combs are just fine unless it is an exhibition bird, which, going by the fact that you aren't sure of her breed, I assume she is not [​IMG]
    I have a Black Sex-Link hen who has a floppy comb. I think they're formally called "thumb-print combs".
    I think it's because of the size or maybe genetics? Maybe the flopping overnight has something to do with her starting to lay (at 6 months old?)
    Anyway, too me she looks like a Columbian Plymouth Rock.
     
  10. Auscal

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    Gurty looks exactly like my Delaware.
     

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