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My chicken has a pale face?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hdvision, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. hdvision

    hdvision In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    I dont know what its called, but the red parts to a chickens face. Anyways, one of my chickens has a pale face. What does that mean..?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Are they molting? They lose color then. Have they had a bad bout with cocci? They can look rather anemic, then, too. Lot of reasons for paleness.
  3. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I agree with Speckledhen. This time of year is when chickens molt, so that would be my first consideration. I have one hen that always molts hard (generally loses every feather but a few flight feathers) and she gets very pale. The first time she went into a molt, I could have sworn she was ill! But, all was well once she got her feathers on. [​IMG] If they aren't molting, then I agree with Speckledhen to look into other medical reason for the pale face.
  4. hdvision

    hdvision In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Yes! You guys are mostly right. She was molting previously, but I think she's in the process where most of her feathers already grew back, so I don't know why her face's pale AFTER she's done molting.....
  5. Miss Sebright

    Miss Sebright Little Hen.....Big Attitude!

    Apr 3, 2009
    In a nutshell
    My hen's almost done molting and still has a pale comb.
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how are her droppings? color and consistency?
    if they are watery or runny..show pink or tan..she could have cocci..
    is there any foam? yellow or mustard color? mucusy?
    has she been wormed? if so, when? and what was used?

    maybe she just needs some extra protein and vitamins..
    growing new feathers takes a lot out of them..

    is she back laying yet?
  7. ChickenladyinMN

    ChickenladyinMN In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2008
    Isanti, MN
    My hen also has a pale face and comb. I wormed her on March 25, 2011 with Wazine and have been throwing the eggs away. She is having issues standing, she acts like she is drunk and sometimes she can not walk at all. She eats and drinks real well, even takes the pedialyte like a pro from the dropper. She is not molting at this time and there are no signs of injury. Also I do not se any signs of mites on her.

  8. ProgressiveHomemaker

    ProgressiveHomemaker Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    Mars Hill, NC
    Hello all,

    I have a rooster, ~6-7 mo. old who recently went through a bout of dry avian pox. His pox are now all gone and he is feeling better all around but he is very pale in the face/comb/wattles and I was wondering what I can do to help him if he is anemic or something. Thank you for any help.
  9. iHEARTbantams

    iHEARTbantams Hatching

    Jul 5, 2016

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