Color changing earlobes?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by channonchickens, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. channonchickens

    channonchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2011
    One seccond I looked at my hens earlobes, it was red. The next it was white. What is going on?
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  2. Aubrinator

    Aubrinator Out Of The Brooder

    [​IMG] Maybe its a mood chicken like those mood rings?
  3. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Actually, you are kinda right about them being "mood chickens"... Over the past two years I've owned chickens, I've noticed that when my chickens (roos and hens both) are calm and content, they will lose most of the color in their combs, wattles, earlobes and face.. Just the opposite is also true... When they are active or upset, they will turn red again... I've also noticed that the more upset my production red roo gets, the darker his comb gets.. Sometimes it begins to turn purple.. It only happens when he feels that he and/or his flock is threatened in some way... Once the threat goes away, his comb goes back to normal...

    The only time this would be a problem is if their color changed and did not return to normal...

    Goddess [​IMG]
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

  5. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona
    I've noticed the same thing. I was so freaked out at first, like being a first-time mother to a child. It started out a pastel, peach color, then I could just stand there and watch as it slowly melted to red. Wierd.

    It's normal though, pretty much happens to all chickens. Males will sometimes have red skin in other areas, representing that they are surging with testosterone.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  6. blazer327

    blazer327 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    I am so glad you posted this! I had the same question myself!

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