Colour after moulting

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

  1. FreeBirthMama

    FreeBirthMama In the Brooder

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    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.


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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    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

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    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

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    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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