Pekin color question

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  1. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    I finally got a pic to share of both my Pekins. Is it normal for color to vary so much? One is white (female) and one is yellow (male). They are not from the same parents, however they eat the exact same thing, have the same routine, get the same amount of sunlight, and they are close to same age (8.5 mos). Any thoughts??? I just want to make sure this isn't a health issue.

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  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    There is something specific that is diet related that causes white feathers to yellow, even with the same diet, your birds' metabolisms will be different and you said they are from different parents. Let me see if I can find it.
     
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  3. Haydog03

    Haydog03 Crowing

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    My Pekin’s are slightly discolored, as well! Someone said it was too much corn, sun or marigold... they suggested adding wheat to their diet. I haven’t, as it’s not a health risk. Your Pekins are beautiful, by the way! :love
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    It's something to do with corn and dark greens, like kale.
     
  5. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    OH no - my male Pekin loves loves loves leafy greens - especially kale... Do you know if it causes other health issues or just discoloration?
     
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  6. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    Ok good i'm not the only one! And even the white Pekin's shade of white is nothing compared to my Ancona's white - it's a true bright white - makes the Pekins look dirty LOL!
     
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  7. Haydog03

    Haydog03 Crowing

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    I was relieved to hear other Pekins were yellow. I thought my ducks had rolled around in yellow paint! :lau
     
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  8. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    :lau Or something worse :eek:
     
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hmmm...I was told to never feed Kale Or Spinach to Poultry so I never have. Only leaves they eat are what they forage for or Romain Lettuce.
     
  10. Haydog03

    Haydog03 Crowing

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    Oh gosh! :lau I wouldn’t doubt it! They love making messes!
     
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