The General Poultry Chat Forum

Discuss all aspects of raising poultry. No topic is too small


Roosters comb changed colour

Hi I have 2 roosters that there combs changed colour from bright red to a light pink colour, they were seperate from the hens as they were young roosters and not fully matured or ready for breeding , so now I thought the colour change was as the roosters had nothing to get hormones going for so I put in a hen each to the roosters and its been 3 weeks and no change yet on the colour . Any body seen this before or have any ideas . Cheers ..

rich1
Monday, November 8th, 2021

Check for mites,lice.both coop and birds

nama-man
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

@nama-man: would you know if grain mites could cause this problem?

craigmartin
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

No mites of any kind on or in coup first thing I checked . They were originally red so . I think they might be missing something in blood etc but local vet has no idea .

rich1
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Are they getting sufficient sun light are they kept out door or indoor.

paddycrawford
Monday, November 15th, 2021

Kept in door . But others haven't lost colour .

rich1
Monday, November 15th, 2021

Get any fenbendazole based wormer from your vet and dose for three or four days and also go to the pharmacy and get a bottle of liquid milti vitamins that you would take your self and give them a teaspoon size drop for a few days or mix it with oats or porridge oats feed as an extra supplementary feeding for a few days.

roostercroweburn
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

I am curious to know what are you feeding them?

roostercroweburn
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

I feed them on layers pellets and corn . I don't think the food is the problem as no other rooster has lost its colour.

rich1
Thursday, November 18th, 2021

These roosters are still growing so they need a bit more nutrient rich food. layers pellets does not have not enough.Corn is good but they still need a little more. They could supplement themselves if they were free ranging but they are kept in .So now you have to do it for them.As I suggested liquid multi vitamin in their food will help and extra fresh greens is what they really need as they would get these outside. Extra vitamin and minerals would come from bugs,insects,etc...
I give my bird heads of cabbage to supplement them this time of the year red cabbage is even better because its the most nutritious or chopped cooked beetroot is great too
Chickens have a varied diet by nature and this is what you have to provide for them especially if there inside.

roostercroweburn
Friday, November 19th, 2021

I don't think any of the above has to do with colour change in roosters as they were both bright red till they were about 4 to 5 months old and then went pink . As for feeding they get plenty of extras as they are kept inside like fresh fruit , dried mealworms , cabbage, lettuce etc they are well looked after as they are inside . So please don't comment about what they don't get . They also get a tonic once a month with all the other birds that are inside as I do know they would get a different vitamins from being outside and as my daughter has said ( and she is a vet nurse ) the only way to really know is blood tests but as my local vets are not keen to deal with chickens I am trying to see what I can add or do to change the colour back .

rich1
Saturday, November 20th, 2021

If your not happy with them and their not perforing the way they should just cull them.

paddycrawford
Sunday, November 21st, 2021

As they are a rare breed i would like to get them back to breeding plus they were great looking roos when young and I just don't give up .

rich1
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

You you did not post all the information in your response to the question about what your feeding your birds and you cannot get a correct response if you do not post all the information and it's your responsibility to do so.I and others here can only comment and share knowledge and experience here only on the information posted.SO PLEASE INCLUDE ALL THE INFORMATION!!!! People her are only trying to help you and are willing to share the decades of knowledge accumulated in the practice of poultry keeping. So with the information you have posted now I can say I think Your worrying about nothing. Different birds will mature differently.I have seen this with my birds growing over the years.It is quite normal. But as a precaution do worm them for internal parasites because a dull comb is a symptom.And this is 20 years of poultry keeping speaking!!

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

here is a link to a past thread on worming Young and old birds can get gape worm also know as tracheal mites l this time of the year and if not treated quickly it will kill them thus the precaution of worming them when you see a dull or pale combs.

http://www.irishfowl.com/talk/topic-42094.html?c=8

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Here here Roostercroweburn.
You, d nearly be better off advising just get a pot of red paint and paint them,might not disagree so much with the advice given then. 🤔

Bunches of dried nettles can make a difference to comb colour, good source of Iron for the blood.

nama-man
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Inexperience means 'I know better.' nama-man

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/gapeworms

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

I did and have wormed them regularly with flubenvet . I also regularly put apple cider vinegar in water , and in my 10 years of poultry keeping I have found that you very very rarely get gape worm from fowl kept indoors as alot of sources of gape worm comes from slugs and snails the poultry eat out side . But hey what do I know . I only asked if anyone had come across this before as I hadn't. So thanks for all the advise .

rich1
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

your welcome!

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021


You must have an account to comment here.

You must be registered with an email address to comment.

Click here to create an account. It only takes a few seconds.