Is something wrong with these hens??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by katelk, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 blue Orpington hens. They are a little more than a year old I think. Just recently I started noticing that their beautiful blue coloring seems to be "washing out" and turning what looks like tan. The grey feathers are looking light brownish and the dark grey on their head and neck seem to be lightening up into the same looking color.
    Their behavior is normal and they are eating and drinking normal.
    Is there something wrong with them?? Why would this be happening!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Feather color, especially if the birds are exposed to sunlight, can fade or bleach out. After they molt, they will once again be a brighter blue.
     
  3. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thank goodness!! I have never had a bird molt yet. These are my first and so far it hasn't happened. Thank you for relieving my stress! :)
     

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