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

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    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.


    this is how she looks today,


    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

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    The earlope looks like it has a fungus on it.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    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

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    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

    Nov 11, 2008
    the color of the earlobes do not precisely determine the color of the egg.
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    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

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    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

    Feb 12, 2009
    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

    May 30, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    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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