chickens feet are turning white

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  1. bgwalker

    bgwalker New Egg

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    hello I am a new chicken hobbist.I have 6 white leghorns and 2 orpingtons 2amarucanas and 4 rhode island reds well all my leg horns and orpingtons legs turned white over night but the other are fine.and they are eating and walking well what does this mean
     
  2. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    White & buff Orpingtons should have white legs. What color are your Orps?
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Could be a couple things...first, are you in a climate with a cold winter? Frost bite can turn legs, feet and combs white as the frost bite is kicking in. Second, if this isn't frost bite, white or pale legs can be the sign of a good layer. Hens that lay well are drawing out calcium and nutrients from their scales and bones. So it is very common for your good layers to have pale legs. Many people use this to determine who needs to be culled. Good colored legs would mean the birds aren't laying well and they get eaten.

    If this is frost bite, you will know it because the legs will be very warm and could be swollen. You would need to put more ventilation in your coop eaves to let the moist air out of the coop, (about 1 square foot per bird of vent space) and lower the roost bar closer to the floor.

    If this is from being a good layer, just make sure your birds have access to lots of oystershell all the time and keep them on a good healthy diet and there is nothing to worry about.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
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  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! If your birds do have frostbite this is a great article to have a read through with lots of useful information https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbite

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    TwoCrows has given you some good advice. An Orpington's normal color of skin is white, so white legs may not be unusual. If you're not sure, just post a photo. We'll be happy to help in any way we can.[​IMG]
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    X2 on Two Crows and Wyandottes7.

    Good luck with your chickens! Hopefully, there isn't anything wrong.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Two Crows has stated it perfectly!

    Good luck!
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the flock
     

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