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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 4:29pm (Nov 8th 2015)
    Nugget seems fine in herself but her comb is not very red - she seems pale. Can I give her anything to help her? Or am I worrying over nothing?
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 8:48pm (Nov 8th 2015)
    Poor Nugget, I hope she feels better soon.x
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 10:29pm (Nov 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    How are your other chucks' combs CC? Is she walking about okay, not just standing with fluffed feathers?

    Hens' combs do go significantly paler in the autumn / winter. When combs are bright red it almost always means they are either laying or ready to lay, so pale combs indicate a hen who's not usually laying. It's pretty common around the time chickens moult, too. The cold or overly hot weather also seems to make them pale.

    Stress also affects comb colour.

    Pale combs can also be a symptom of the lovely red mite, so if you can check the base of your chickens' feathers. If that's too difficult run your fingers under the perches (they usually come away bloody if you have a big mite infestation, I think it's best to do it in the morning but don't hold me to that!)...or just scatter some DE around to be on the safe side :smile:

    Finally I think anemia can cause pale combs too, but I assume there would be plenty other symptoms with that...

    As long as she is acting healthy in every other regard, I wouldn't worry too much. You could always add Apple Cider Vinegar or a little sugar to the water, as a pick me up, if worried
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 4:25pm (Nov 9th 2015)
    Thanks for that Red; yes, she has just moulted (it actually looked as though a cuckoo maran had exploded in the back garden) and they have indeed shut up shop for the winter on the egg front. Everyone else is fine and she doesn't seem to be off colour - except for her colour! She didn't stop laying last winter which is perhaps why she's never looked pale before. When are you going to write that chicken book, Red? I'd buy it!:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 8:58pm (Nov 9th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I did write a brief chicken handbook somewhere, I was going to make a kindle book but then it just didn't happen...I don't know where it is now :P