ISA Brown hen tail feathers changed colour.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by untamed_spirit, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. untamed_spirit

    untamed_spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys,

    I wasn't sure which category to put this question in, but as the chicken is otherwise healthy, I didn't want to take up space in the illness forum, so here it is.

    I have 2 ISA brown hens (2 of 5 hens in total), and about a month ago, one was ill. We went through the illness forum, and discovered the symptoms sounded like worms, so we gave her a dose of worming meds and nursed her back to health.

    She is now absolutely fine, behaving normally, eating, drinking, pooping, scratching around, hanging around with the other hens, and even re-started laying yesterday after recovering from her worm bout, BUT, her tail feathers, which were white tipped as with the ISA hens, have turned grey?? At first I thought it was dirt, but it isn't, they have just turned grey. Being a little paranoid after her first sick spell, should I be worried about this at all?

    I had read that nutritional defecits can cause feather colour change, so have been adding extra vitamins and minerals in some hen spice for the last week and a half to their feed (an complete layers pellet), which she gets ample of every morning with the other girls, but no change. The other ISA hen's feathers are still white tipped, and no colour changes in the rest of my flock, so what could this be, and should I worry?!

    Food wise, my girls get round the clock layers pellets, topped with "hen spice", a handful of corn between the 5 of them twice a day, some grass cuttings, a cabbage leaf each once a day, and the occasional bio-yoghurt as a treat.

    If you need the other info, such as bedding etc, I can provide this, but wasnt sure it was needed on this occasion!


    Ellie
     
  2. untamed_spirit

    untamed_spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, almost forgot, they also get grit mixed with oyster shell scattered in their outdoor run area every morning.
     
  3. untamed_spirit

    untamed_spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody got any ideas? I just dont want to be ignoring it if its potentially a sign of an illness!
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once the feather isgrown it will not change its color. So It will stay that way until she molts. Since she was wormed that stress is over and if she is acting normal now I'd just watch her for now.
     
  5. untamed_spirit

    untamed_spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply,

    Here is a pic of her now grey tail feathers. So odd!

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