Bizarre chicken feathering

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicks Galore3, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    One of my production reds decided it wanted to become a speckled sussex! When she molted her feathers grew in all speckled:
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    PR On top SS on bottom. Have any of you ever seen this? Why could have cause this? She's almost 2.
     
  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    Whoa that's cool looking! As long as she's acting fine (eating, drinking, being silly [​IMG]) then I wouldn't worry.
    oo oo oo oo oo!!!!! Look up spontaneous sex reversal! It's where a hen starts looking and acting like a rooster, and it's SUPER rare!!!
    BUT it will only be that /\ if she is a sex-linking hybrid of some sort, because red sex-link roos are white/cream. I haven't heard of a PR being sold as a RSL, but you never know. I heard a story of a mostly white EE that molted into a million shades of orange, acted like a rooster, but next molt, turned white again [​IMG] It's really cool.
     
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  3. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

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    Woooooah that's interesting!! I got her from the brown egg later bin from TSC so she could be a RSL.
    She acting fine and dandy, so that's all good.
     
  4. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    This is the coolest thing I have ever "seen" [​IMG]
    Except for the emu that got loose in the field across the road from us - THAT was pretty cool.

    ETA: If she does start crowing and being all manly and stuff, maybe shoot your state vet lab an e-mail?
     
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