Never would have believed it......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GreenGoddess, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Ok... I never would have believed it if I didn't see it for myself... I was standing at the pen this morning and Clucky jumped up on the nesting boxes to "talk" to me... His waddles, comb and sides of his face were bright red.. Nothing strange... Then, as he calmed down from jumping up there, he lost all color in his face and his waddles and comb went to a dull red.... [​IMG] I thought I was going nuts... Then, Clucky jumped down and the colors came back... Is my roo part chameleon?? [​IMG] Has anyone else ever noticed this? Is it normal to only show the bright red colors when he is upset or agitated or perhaps "protecting" the flock?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

    Goddess [​IMG]
  2. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Songster

    I think any excitement will make them "blush". With my rooster Georgie it is most noticable on the earlobes. They are yellow until he makes then bright red.
  3. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Oct 23, 2008
    Northwestern Minnesota
    Never noticed that with my roos...they sure do like to "talk" to me but they seem to always stay nice and this
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  4. Tmec

    Tmec In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2009
    Not to hijack your thread but does this happen to hens when they lay?
  5. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    I don't have the answer to your question, but isn't nature fascinating!!!
  6. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:No problem with the hijack.. I've read on other threads that change in color of combs and waddles may signify that a hen may be getting ready to lay soon.. But, they say it gets brighter red.. Clucky did just the opposite... His went pale and then minutes later went back to red... It was really neat to watch it change colors right in front of my eyes.... Maybe it actually has nothing to do with male/female or laying/not laying... Maybe it's in how happy/content the chicken is... I've also noticed that Clucky and Turkey both have really bright red in their face and ears whereas the girls are pale... But, the girls are much more tame than the boys are too because they had gotten sick and I had them in the house for several days doctoring them up so they got really used to being held and pet... So, my conclusion is that (at least with my group of chicks) pale means content and bright red means unhappy or very "aware"....

    Goddess [​IMG]

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