Curious why roo has very pale legs & comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pennie, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. pennie

    pennie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 14 week old chickens. I have several different breeds, because they came from a guy that buys assortments all of the time from Cackle. There are two roosters in the group that are definitely the same breed, but it's very strange. One has very yellow legs like most of the other chickens, and his comb is starting to turn dark red, but the other roo, Henry has legs that are almost white and his comb is a pale pink. He is bigger than Stanley and is a very healthy happy boy, so why the pale color? Does that happen sometimes?

    I'm not sure what breed he and Stanley are. They are a medium red with some lighter shading underneath with some black on back of their necks and the tips of their tail feathers. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    Pennie
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * One reason I know of is- color of skin on legs will vary with the food the bird consumes. For instance, when I added a lb. of oats to Miss Chook scratch for the summer, her skin gradually lightened to almost white. When she eats more corn, or marigolds from the flower bed, she gets more yellow.
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I am thinking they might be production reds but dont know why the leg color
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    did you check for mites or lice?
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    parasites (worms and/or mites) can cause paleness..(anemia)
    try giving some extra protein..

    if you can..have a fecal float done at a vet..(worm and protozoa test)

    what do the droppings look like? (color and consistency)
    is he eating and drinking well?
    is he alert and active?
     
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  6. pennie

    pennie Out Of The Brooder

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    He seems very healthy, active and we have dusted everyone for mites and such. Sunday we are doing the worming, but everyone's stool seems fine. Firm greenish brown with white. He's growing like a weed and is a sweetheart for a roo. He eats the same as the others and his skin has always been this color. He gets chick starter, and free ranges about 1/2 of the day, plus carrots and other various veges.

    In regards to the breed, I was thinking production RI too.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
     

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