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Greying Hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Maxine Green, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. Maxine Green

    Maxine Green In the Brooder

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    My hen of 5 or 6 years old has starter greying in her facial feathers

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    Do you think it is age or malnutrition?
     
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    I've never seen a chicken "grey" with age, but I think that is what your hen is doing. As long as she appears healthy otherwise, it probably isn't a nutrition problem.
     
  3. Maxine Green

    Maxine Green In the Brooder

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    She appears to be very healthy and acts quite happy.
    She is a sweet cuddly chicken that likes to be carried around on occasion.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    What breed is she?
     
  5. Maxine Green

    Maxine Green In the Brooder

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    I was told she is an Australope when given to me.
    But I don't know for sure
    Here are more pictures of her, so you can decide

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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    She does appear to be an Australorp. I was wondering if perhaps she was a mix or a sex link. Many breeds can slowly whiten over the years after each molt. I haven't seen an Australorp do it. Will be interesting to see if they stay white.
     
  7. Maxine Green

    Maxine Green In the Brooder

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    ok I will post more as time goes by
     

  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Could be 'hidden' genes popping up with new feather growth after a molt.
     
  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    She looks very good for the stated age, I think it is age showing up!

    Mrs K
     
  10. Maxine Green

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    Thank you,
    She is a well pampered chick
     

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