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  1. ShamrockCreek

    ShamrockCreek New Egg

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    Oct 18, 2016
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    Hi everyone,

    My hen that has been laying on eggs for 2 weeks ears have turned black. I also noticed that the tips of her ears are black too. She is eating fine and when she leaves the eggs for a short period of time to drink, eat..etc, she is very energetic. Any suggestions on what would make her ears turn red to blackish and what can I do for her?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Picture?
     
  3. ShamrockCreek

    ShamrockCreek New Egg

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    The way she is laying right now I can not get a good picture. Too dark and she is now facing more toward the back. I will keep trying!
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2016
  4. ShamrockCreek

    ShamrockCreek New Egg

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  5. ShamrockCreek

    ShamrockCreek New Egg

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    Ok I put in a picture. To the left of her eye where it is black is what use to be red! Any ideas?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks like she's got naturally dark skin. The reason she's lost the bright coloring is because she is brooding and not actively laying. Her egg production cycle is 'dormant'.
     
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  7. ShamrockCreek

    ShamrockCreek New Egg

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    Thank you junebuggena!! I was so worried! I wondered if it had to do with her not being active. I am new at this chicken hatching thing. Thank you for easing my mind! [​IMG]
     

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