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Colour after moulting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FreeBirthMama, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. FreeBirthMama

    FreeBirthMama In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2014
    I have 3 Sussex, and after their moult one of them has brownish feathers instead of white. The other 2 came back white though. Does that mean anything? Is it just a fluke or is there some nutrient deficiency? Her black neck band was already faint before her moult, but you can really see the colour difference in the pic of all 3 of them together. She's the second from the bottom on the right.


  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Interesting, makes you wonder if there was another color of Sussex crossed in at some point, maybe a Buff.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are they?
    Is this their first full adult molt or are they this years pullets getting their first set of adult feathers?
  4. FreeBirthMama

    FreeBirthMama In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2014
    I don't know how old they are, they are second hand chickens. I was led to believe they were this year's chicks, but with half the bunch moulting, I guess not. And they came from a traditional farm, so I can't be sure of their breeding either.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    That means she is not a pure Light Sussex. She has some other color mixed in, maybe from a few generations back. It’s not any kind of deficiency.

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