Shipped pullets have very pale legs and combs

CluckInLuxury

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We just received some shipped Red Star pullets this evening (don't ask how much shipping cost $$$, they are to replace the ladies we lost to an attack).

Their combs, wattles, and legs are very pale. They are supposed to be yellow legs and they're white. They ate and drank immediately and are very lively, but why do they look so pale? Is it normal for pullets to arrive looking like that due to not eating and drinking for two days? We've never ordered pullets before!

Thank you!
 

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We just received some shipped Red Star pullets this evening (don't ask how much shipping cost $$$, they are to replace the ladies we lost to an attack).

Their combs, wattles, and legs are very pale. They are supposed to be yellow legs and they're white. They ate and drank immediately and are very lively, but why do they look so pale? Is it normal for pullets to arrive looking like that due to not eating and drinking for two days? We've never ordered pullets before!

Thank you!
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Is it normal for pullets to arrive looking like that due to not eating and drinking for two days?
How old are they?
Was there not some kind of nutrition/hydration in the shipper box?
Usually it's a green gel.

Yes, shipping older birds is a CluckinLuxury :gig love the screen name!

Pics would help.
Birds that are not in lay have pale combs.
Leg color could just be a vagary of a mixed bird....
....or could also be an indication of laying status.
As long as they are eating/drinking/pooping/moving around OK, I'd not worry.

Oh, and.... Welcome to BYC! @CluckInLuxury
Where in this world are you located?
Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
It's easy to do, and then it's always there!
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CluckInLuxury

In the Brooder
Dec 9, 2020
9
11
18
South Louisiana
How old are they?
Was there not some kind of nutrition/hydration in the shipper box?
Usually it's a green gel.

Yes, shipping older birds is a CluckinLuxury :gig love the screen name!

Pics would help.
Birds that are not in lay have pale combs.
Leg color could just be a vagary of a mixed bird....
....or could also be an indication of laying status.
As long as they are eating/drinking/pooping/moving around OK, I'd not worry.

Oh, and.... Welcome to BYC! @CluckInLuxury
Where in this world are you located?
Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
It's easy to do, and then it's always there!
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Thanks for the info! They looked terrible when they got here. I was afraid they were dead. Completely silent, laying down, not making any noise. When we let them out they acted ok. They are very scrawny (we have a 9 week old that looks better than these "15-22 week" year olds) and the tips of their tail feathers were all messy. They ate pretty quickly, then quickly began to perk up. At least one is pooping I know.

In South Louisiana it was 50 degrees last night. They didn't seem accustomed to cold so we put a little 25 watt light and they snuggled up under it in their box. They went through Billings, MT so they may have had a rough trip. They had no gel or anything in the box.

It was too dark last night but I'll add a photo now!

Edit: they're from Murray's

Edit 2: is the gel something that they're normally given to eat while in the box or for once they arrive?
 
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CluckInLuxury

In the Brooder
Dec 9, 2020
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11
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South Louisiana
While in the box.
They do it for chicks not sure about older birds.
Well I'm an idiot. Reading their description of the gel item available for purchase it says that they recommend it for day-old chicks, and when they describe it it sounds like something that you give them once they arrive. I feel like such a jerk. Seriously if it's something for them to survive on during the trip why would they even make that a choice to say no on? Totally my own ignorance but geez.
 

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