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I recently acquired 2 Red Star hens. They've been in a quarantine coop and run for a little over a month now. Both birds seem to have improved leaps and bounds health-wise since I took them in but there's something about one that's got me a little worried.

As far as I know brown egg laying chickens are suppose to have red ear lobes, right? There are rare exceptions but we're talking about Red Stars, not exactly rare. Both birds lay a brown egg daily, one has typical red ear lobes, the other though has white. Now it's not the entire lobe either, it's more like a layer of white that is just covering the lobe almost completely. Also, the same bird seems to be showing signs of what I can only describe as "pastey butt". I've only encountered that with chicks, so I'm assuming it is a problem.

Anybody have any advice as to what is wrong with this hen? I was hoping to begin integrating them into my laying flock soon but not if I can get this figured out. These birds came to me as "house chickens", they'd lived inside an apartment for over a year.

Here's some pictures of the bird in question,

This is her when she first came to live with us, her comb is now pink.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/jeremyjeremy07/IMG_0976.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/jeremyjeremy07/IMG_0988.jpg

this is how she looks today,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/jeremyjeremy07/IMG_1077.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/jeremyjeremy07/IMG_1082.jpg

and here's a photo of her bum, sorry about the poor quality, she wouldn't hold still.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/jeremyjeremy07/IMG_0986.jpg

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post #2 of 27

The earlope looks like it has a fungus on it.

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post #3 of 27

By the size and shape of her comb, she looks more like a leghorn cross than a redstar.  If that is the case, her lobes might be white.  I don't think there is anything wrong with her other than a dirty butt.

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post #4 of 27

Earlobes look normal to me.  My easter egger has white earlobes and lays green eggs.  I have multiple chickens that have earlobes just like that, its normal.

I wouldn't integrate the chicken until her butt cleans up, she may have diarrhea.

I have my 2 dogs (pit bull type dogs), 2 cats, and the chicken crew: Mabel (partridge rock), Eleanor (EE), Mildred (BLRW), Victoria (welsummer), Helen (EE), Norma (SLW), and Maxine (Columbian Wyandotte), Mathilda (Blue Rock) and Ester (BCM), all on my suburban "farm". 
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I have my 2 dogs (pit bull type dogs), 2 cats, and the chicken crew: Mabel (partridge rock), Eleanor (EE), Mildred (BLRW), Victoria (welsummer), Helen (EE), Norma (SLW), and Maxine (Columbian Wyandotte), Mathilda (Blue Rock) and Ester (BCM), all on my suburban "farm". 
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post #5 of 27

Considering the many ways to get a Red Sex-link chicken, I wouldn't be surprised if she had white earlobes, especially if she has Leghorn in her ancestry.

post #6 of 27

the color of the earlobes do not precisely determine the color of the egg.

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post #7 of 27

As far as the pasty butt, get your scissors and trim down the feathers and fuzz around her butt. That should solve your problem.

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Originally Posted by paddock36 

The earlope looks like it has a fungus on it.


Do you have any experience with fungal infections in chickens, or how to treat them?

As far as diharrea goes, I'll clip the feathers tonight when I get home while she's sleeping to minimize stress. Does anybody know of anything that will clear up the diharrea?

Any other thoughts?

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post #9 of 27

I agree with lemurchaser, I think the earlobes look fine and it is probally mixed with leghorn. My Spitzhaubens have those blue earlobes I think they are cool looking.

 

 

  

 

 

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post #10 of 27

I also am guessing it is not a 100% red star and that it is crossed with something else.  I wouldn't rush to treat a fungal infection.  Other than color, do the ears look any different than any other chickens? It doesn't look like it to me.  If not, I wouldn't worry about it and enjoy your fresh brown eggs.


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I have it on the inside scoop that the chicken came first via priority mail and the egg arrived about 20 weeks later.  Mystery solved!

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I have it on the inside scoop that the chicken came first via priority mail and the egg arrived about 20 weeks later.  Mystery solved!

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