Chicken feet color

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sesa, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. sesa

    sesa Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thurmont, Md
    I've got 21 cornish x and I noticed this morning that only one of them has yellow feet, the rest are kind of a light brown, is this an issue?
  2. Cyberous

    Cyberous Songster

    How old are they?
    I know my roosters have much Yellower feet than the hens.

  3. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Songster

    May 22, 2007
    St. Johns, Michigan
    Pretty sure it's not an issue, unless the birds look drastically different otherwise. In other words, just make sure that they are all meat chickens.

    My cornish X's from Townline have legs that range from white to yellow. Plus, one of my Buff Orpingtons has yellow legs, and they're supposed to be white!

    Anyway, don't worry about their feet. It's very likely just a natural variation.
  4. sesa

    sesa Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thurmont, Md
  5. bettisworth

    bettisworth Off to Greener Pastures

    May 30, 2009
    n.w. missouri
    Want your cornish x's to have yellow feet? Feed them grass clippings or fresh clover. They will become as yellow as the sun, in just a day or 2.
  6. Dalal

    Dalal Hatching

    Aug 14, 2015
    I read in a book about raising chickens that the yellow from the hen's feet and beak go to coloring the yolks. And indeed, my hen's feet are now pale after laying 40+ eggs. Can anyone confirm this?
  7. Chickem707

    Chickem707 Songster

    Jul 11, 2018
    I have a similar query, on of my young roo’s feet are a pinkish colour and black (his legs are black), almost like a cow appearance. I’ll take a picture tomorrow
  8. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

    Apr 13, 2016
    NC IL
    It really doesn't matter a bit, they don't pay attention to leg color since they're bred to be butchered.

    Their legs do lose the yellow when they start laying, but I highly doubt it's going to the yolk. It's more likely just hormonal.
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    This has nothing to do with meat birds but one way to tell that a yellow skinned hen is a good layer is to look at the color of her legs and other yellow areas. It takes some experience but if a hen has yellow skin pigment she uses some to color her yolks. The longer a hen has been laying and the more often she lays the paler her legs, vent, and other areas are. What she eats can influence the color of her yolks too but that's not what I'm talking about.

    If you have a flock of yellow-legged hens and at the end of the laying season some have darker yellow legs, those may be the ones you want to eat as they are not laying very many eggs. So if you are using it to select which ones to eat maybe it does belong in a meat bird forum. But only for yellow legged hens.

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