bleached legs/beak in roos

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Gallusfarm, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For many breeds, I understand that the legs and beak of the hens bleach out over time with laying. Is the same true for the roos? For example do Barred Rocks that once had yellow legs end up with white legs with age? Is this a good way to determine age?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Not at all a good way to determine age.
    For example in Barred Rocks I know a couple of breeders that there hen are way over 4 years old and still have Yellow leg and the same holds true in there roosters.
    I believe it has a lot to do with breeding and the line that you have.


    Chris
     
  3. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it might also be low exposure to the sun....my bantam ameraucana roo was like that when i first got him he was raised in a barn and really hadnt been in the sun..... so i put him out in an uncovered run and he is really rooster-ish now
     

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