My concern is over one of our Orps. She has never turned red, and we assume she's never laid an egg. (We've named her Ghost Face because of her fair complexion.)She's just.....weird. She rarely ever hangs out with the flock, she seems to just sit fluffed up off by herself, and she just looks different. Her tail feathers are not as long, her beak is longer and more hooked,and her feet look bigger. She eats well and always shows interest in food and scratches like a normal chicken.
In my research I've found mention of parasites and electrolyte issues among things that can cause pale wattles and combs. My question is, can those things be exclusive to one bird and not affect the others? Has anyone had, or heard of, what are essentially birth defects in chickens? Should we cull her? Our 5 year old says we should "keep her forever". We have no problem keeping her around, but if she's sick we don't want her to be uncomfortable or have poor quality of life.
I'll post a pic of her when I have a minute. Sorry about the long winded message and thanks in advance for any info or advice you can offer!! Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday!