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Apr 8

Normal comb?


Hi, I live in Los Angeles (so no frostbite risk) and I noticed that one of my rhode island reds has some dark purple on her comb. The problem is that I don't know if she had this darkness before or not. I don't think so but not sure. She's eating and hanging out fairly normal. The only difference in behavior is that she the last week or so she has been sitting a lot like she laying. They were dewormed about six weeks ago. Should I be concerned? Any input would be appreciated.


Hi there! A bluish or purple colored comb can be an indicator of failing respiratory or circulatory health, but it can also mean nothing. Respiratory health can be affected by levels of ammonia or dust in the coop, which is easily fixed, or more serious respiratory illnesses like infectious bronchitis, infectious coryza, mycoplasma, etc. Listen and look for signs of respiratory distress including coughing, wheezing, sneezing, gasping or discharge from the nostrils or eyes. It could also be a sign of heart trouble such as congestive heart failure (most common in broilers), or water belly (ascites). Sometimes a load of parasites can cause anemia which affects how much oxygen is carried to the extremites like the comb. So I would also check her droppings and her body for signs of internal or external parasites. If you don't find any signs of any of these it may just pass in time! I hope all is well with her!

Apr 9

Thanks so much for the reply. I will keep an eye on her droppings and symptoms (none so far). Weird thing is when I got home her comb was bright and red as can be. Then two hours later when I go to put her away she had changed color again to the purple/bluish tips. So confused.



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