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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 8:51 am 
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One of my Japanese bantam rooster's comb has turned purple. It is purple all over, not just the tips. I probably wouldn't have noticed it except the other rooster's comb is perfectly red. It wasn't particularly cold here last night and besides, he slept in a nest box so wasn't exposed. Is this something to worry about or is it normal?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:54 pm 
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Silver,
Purple comb is often an indication of serious problems. I hope some other experienced readers can give info also, but here are a few pointers I have learn't

1. If the bird's comb has shrunk and purple, it could be worms. This is usually indicated further by lack of weight (sharp keel bone, and scrawny when handled). I would get a syringe and squirt some worming fluid directly into its mouth.

2. If its respiratory problems, and the whole comb is purple, he would be close to death and having trouble breathing. Open his beak and look down his wind pipe (can use a torch) and "smell". There should be not sticky mucus, foul smell, or pasty yellow/white gunk.

3. Give him a bit of TLC (eg run on green grass, sunshine, special eating treats like bread soaked in milk etc. and treatments in his water)

let us know how it turns out.

Andy.V


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Hey Silver
Doesn't sound good at all. :(
Ditto to Andy's suggestions, especially the TLC.
We have had experience with spider bite that can also turn combs purple and cause shrinking and loss of toes.
If nothing is obvious you may just have to help him along for a while and hope he can come through it.
Good Luck :wink:


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