Completely black hen mottled with white all the sudden??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by angie3881, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am stumped. I have a coal black hen that over the past two weeks has begun sprouting white feathers all over! She is mottled with white feathers. It is so strange. Anyone have any idea why that would be? I was going to upload a picture of her, but can't seem to figure out how to do it with the new site. Any thoughts??
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Mottled or spangled birds develop more white markings when they molt. how old is your hen? Has she recently molted? What breed?
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    x2 on the questions of age, breed, etc.

    It has happened before that black or black copper hens molt out to be a black and white color, but, the question is - Is she actually mottled (black feathers with white tips) or is she just black and white? (white feathers are solid white or white at base, not tip)
  4. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Somewhere between 2 and 5. OEGH or Phoenix, perhaps.

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