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Why is my hens comb flopping over

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofthecrazy4, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. momofthecrazy4

    momofthecrazy4 Hatching

    Apr 8, 2011
    I know that the healthier the hen the redder her comb but why are some of my hens combs flopping over instead of looking plump? I also have sneezing chickens could this be a reason?

  2. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Songster

    Apr 11, 2010
    bloomington, indiana
    it's hard to say without more info, but, i have some hens whose combs are floppy normally. i attribute it to them being hatchery (ie, poorly bred) stock. if their combs used to be upright and suddenly went floppy, or if they're pale, then it might be an indicator of a health issue, but it might be normal for them too. occasional sneezing is also normal, it's how they clear their nostrils of the dirt that gets in there when they're scratching around. constant sneezing, or sneezing with discharge or watery eyes or other "symptoms" would indicate a health concern.
  3. acy0029

    acy0029 Songster

    Apr 9, 2011
    Several breeds of hens have combs that flop over naturally Leghorns, Minorcas, are a couple what breed do you have?
  4. momofthecrazy4

    momofthecrazy4 Hatching

    Apr 8, 2011
    I have road island reds and black sexlinks I think that's what the black ones are called anyway
    Thanks for the help. I'm new to this and will take all the advise I can get. [​IMG]

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