Sitting here in amazement. ( nuffin' unusual ).
Several people have in the last 24 hours here, mentioned 'red faces' on chickens, and what it all might mean ( in regards to laying ?? ).
Since my 3 girls were young pre-laying pullets, I have never noticed any change in their colouring ( faces ) .... so are you meaning the combs ? My 3 are what they have always been. There is however, one thing I have noticed - ( with Mandy particularly ) .... her comb can be really pale, come back again the next day, and then pale again - but bring her inside for a rear end clean up, check over, warmth to her rear end, clipping of wings etc, her comb will instantly redden. I took that to mean that she was a little stressed, ( like we go red faced after strenuous exercsie or when stressed ) .... as soon as it all stops and she's back in her run with Molly - her comb returns to pale ( when moulting or a little 'off' ). This up and down redness of comb, is continuing as of now. She has one tail feather left, and 1/4 her breast feathers gone .... ( maybe she is speeding up the moult --- )
Am I just fortunate, or ( more likely ) didn't know enough initially to see differences ( with red faces ). I look at them closely every day but .....
Anyone who knows me on this thread, would probably think I am out there with a magnifying glass every other hour ....
Teila - you are right .... too much worry and research can do the head in.... for sure. AND - you take good care in that heat - it is not funny to have heat exhaustion which can lead to other nasties caused by over-heating. Being a Queenslander, you'd know the drill, however.
And thank you Fancy - for your most recent reply ( re squatting or 'presenting' ) .... that it can be a submissive gesture.
I do appreciate very much everyone who answers my questions.
Cheers all ---- have a good week ....
Edited by Anniebee - 2/1/16 at 3:14am