COMB GONE PALE ON OTHERWISE HEALTHY ROOSTER

by Bill
(Brooksville, FL)

I have 5 hens and 1 rooster all from the same clutch, 3 months old. ALL birds are Lively, play, run, fly, drink plenty & eat WELL... The hens all have bright red combs / wattles, but the rooster has an almost Light red / yellowish comb & good looking wattles.. None of the birds have ANY bugs or visible signs of parasite. Stool is good color & VERY Solid. They are kept on DRY dirt mixed weekly w/ plenty of DE... He seems fine other than the comb color, any advice before I spend over $300 @ the bird Dr..???

TY Very Much,

Bill

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PALE COMB
by: Sharon

Sounds like you have very many bases covered.

You didn't say the breed or breeds, so I don't know what to think about possible genetics connected to his pale comb, compared to hens of the same clutch (and breeding?).

I'd spend a bit on vitamins/minerals & possibly conditioning feed, upping protein content, before biting the bullet on the vet bill. ROOSTER BOOSTER might help, won't harm the pullets. Try plenty of fresh iron containing dark leafy greens daily. My chickens love spinach, kale, mixed salad greens.

Roosters do have different dietary needs from hens, though most do well on a hen/laying type diet or the same growth diet. Yours are still young, if a laying or ornamental breed & not a fast growing meat breed.

Genetics can affect comb color, but that wouldn't be an issue if these are pure bred from red combed stock.

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