Originally Posted by jordan4911
Read an article yesterday that said, hens that are laying will have very white feet and legs and around the edges of their beaks. Hens that are not laying will have yellow feet/legs, etc...
I have never heard this but I wandered out to my coop earlier and was doing some cleaning and improvements and was watching my girls and noticed that some of them, their legs/feet are stark white while some of my other hens are very yellow. A few of the ones with white feet, I know are laying. The ones with yellow I just don't know. My girls like to lay in the middle of the night so I never get to catch them in the act.
Now, before I go and cull half my litter based on one article, I want to know who else has heard this and if they've found that it actually rings true.
To a certain extent, it is true. Early in the laying cycle, birds with yellow feet will have very yellow feet, and as the cycle progresses, you'll notice some blanching. When the hen goes into a rest break, the yellow is restored, and if she does not go into lay, the yellow will persist. A very good layer will be more blanched in the yellow pigmented areas.