For the past year I have had the company of two wonderful girls - Lemmy and Bunty. I fell in love with them at first sight and were told they were 'Bluebelles' not that I was bothered what they were!
We had them at POL and a week later were getting our first eggs. For the first few months until November they were fine but then their wattles/combs started turning black with red tips. Being a bit worried I bought some ACV and added to their water, we were using Verm-X once a month and both girls were doing great, eating fine, still egg laying.
Lemmy however one week looked a bit under the weather, not as perky and nosey as she had been, so I took her to the vets. Who couldnt really pinpoint a problem. Crop fine. Poop fine. Still eating and drinking. Just a little out of condition. We got a 7 day course of anti-biotics to syringe into her mouth, and she perked right up.
Both girls have been fine ever since. We get an egg from each almost every day. They feed fine. Run around the vegetable garden like nutcases. Dig up our lawn and gravel pathways when they are out of their run. (Which is a very large run joined onto a big garden shed as their house!) They climb their perch, try to fly miles even though we've clipped their wings. We havent had any runny poop or any sign that they are unwell.
Is it possible that the black combs/wattles are normal for these two girls? Everytime I see a chicken, they seem to have red wattles/combs and I feel a very bad mum!