Is it true that

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poultrybonkers, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

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    female ducks and chickens tend to get paler and paler beaks and feet, the more eggs they lay - the stuff that gives beaks and feet their orange color is leached from the beaks and feet and used in the production of egg yolks.?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I know my older layers' legs get washed out as they get older. Not sure about the beaks. But I can't imagine it has anything to do with yolk production. That's quite influenced by diet, but I can't see how it could get "pulled" from the color on legs or beak.

    Plus, what about birds with black skin? Or green legs?

    I think someone's pulling your leg.
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I've heard that yellow legged chickens do tend to have paler color in their legs while laying. Then during winter when laying slacks off, the legs get more yellow. Never heard that about beaks though. None of mine have yellow legs so I can't say from experience.
     

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