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Chicken with white earlobes? HELP! PICS!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jeremy, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    I recently acquired 2 Red Star hens. They've been in a quarantine coop and run for a little over a month now. Both birds seem to have improved leaps and bounds health-wise since I took them in but there's something about one that's got me a little worried.

    As far as I know brown egg laying chickens are suppose to have red ear lobes, right? There are rare exceptions but we're talking about Red Stars, not exactly rare. Both birds lay a brown egg daily, one has typical red ear lobes, the other though has white. Now it's not the entire lobe either, it's more like a layer of white that is just covering the lobe almost completely. Also, the same bird seems to be showing signs of what I can only describe as "pastey butt". I've only encountered that with chicks, so I'm assuming it is a problem.

    Anybody have any advice as to what is wrong with this hen? I was hoping to begin integrating them into my laying flock soon but not if I can get this figured out. These birds came to me as "house chickens", they'd lived inside an apartment for over a year.

    Here's some pictures of the bird in question,

    This is her when she first came to live with us, her comb is now pink.
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    this is how she looks today,
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    and here's a photo of her bum, sorry about the poor quality, she wouldn't hold still.
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  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The earlope looks like it has a fungus on it.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    By the size and shape of her comb, she looks more like a leghorn cross than a redstar. If that is the case, her lobes might be white. I don't think there is anything wrong with her other than a dirty butt.
     
  4. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Earlobes look normal to me. My easter egger has white earlobes and lays green eggs. I have multiple chickens that have earlobes just like that, its normal.

    I wouldn't integrate the chicken until her butt cleans up, she may have diarrhea.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Considering the many ways to get a Red Sex-link chicken, I wouldn't be surprised if she had white earlobes, especially if she has Leghorn in her ancestry.
     
  6. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    the color of the earlobes do not precisely determine the color of the egg.
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    As far as the pasty butt, get your scissors and trim down the feathers and fuzz around her butt. That should solve your problem.
     
  8. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:Do you have any experience with fungal infections in chickens, or how to treat them?

    As far as diharrea goes, I'll clip the feathers tonight when I get home while she's sleeping to minimize stress. Does anybody know of anything that will clear up the diharrea?

    Any other thoughts?
     
  9. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with lemurchaser, I think the earlobes look fine and it is probally mixed with leghorn. My Spitzhaubens have those blue earlobes I think they are cool looking.
     
  10. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also am guessing it is not a 100% red star and that it is crossed with something else. I wouldn't rush to treat a fungal infection. Other than color, do the ears look any different than any other chickens? It doesn't look like it to me. If not, I wouldn't worry about it and enjoy your fresh brown eggs.


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