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Chicken turning white

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eBird, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. eBird

    eBird Out Of The Brooder

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    My sweet, adventurous Mille fleur, Scout went through a her first molt a month ago and is now timid and mostly white (she was mostly caramel color prior to the molt) !? She also has bad dander and a pale comb. I have given her some coconut oil, which she (and the other chickens) loves.

    I am not sure if these signs are indicative of something more serious?

    Thank you for any insights!
    Erin
     
  2. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    Do you have any pics of her?
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Everything you describe fits with a hen going through molt. Feathers do change color as they age,fading, darkening with soil and grime, and new feathers coming in will appear much brighter and have more contrast. Also there is a prodigious amount of dander that gets shed as molt progresses. Pale, dry comb is also very normal. As her hormones resume, her comb will become large again and red and moist.

    It's also completely normal for chickens in molt to be subdued and cranky, and a little lethargic. They also fuss when you try to handle them because feathers growing in hurt when touched. She will resume her cheerful personality once molt is complete which may take a bit longer even though it may look as if she's done.
     
  4. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    I was thinking it was just a normal molt as well, but wanted to see a pic just in case. :)
     
  5. eBird

    eBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you @henny1129 and @azygous ! I will post a photo tomorrow :)
     

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