Thier combs and feathers seem faded...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bkbuz1987, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some BO's, RIR's, one real Ameraucana, and 3 EE's. I have noticed that their colors aren't as vibrant as they were in the spring. Their combs and feathers seem faded. Is this "normal" for winter? Do they NEED vitamins to bring out their color?

    They are all in good health otherwise. They are still laying (even though it has slowed), eating great, I would say content birds.
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    The only time mine faded was when the had worms. Have you checked there poop?
     
  3. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    No signs of worms. Normal poop. I read here that pumpkin seeds are a good natural dewormer so I let them indulge last Friday as a "just in case" they did have worms treat. Thier poop from the pumpkin seeds was very grainy but no signs of worms [​IMG] Maybe I should give them vitamins too.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine are molting and that depletes the body. If a hen is not laying, as in the molt, her comb will get quite pale, more light pink than red. Also, old feathers about to be shed are dry and brittle.
     
  5. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 Out Of The Brooder

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  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If they haven't molted yet this year, my money is on the molt. Especially if the feathers seem kind of "threadbare", is the best I can describe it, like they've been thru the washer and dryer too many times and are ready for the rag bag [​IMG]

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    I've kind of been having this same issue but wasn't sure if it was molting or not. This is my first year with chickens. I haven't seen a lot of feathers lying around but they are getting pretty shaggy looking, lol.
     
  8. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you checked for mites?
     
  9. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Quote:Yeah, no mites or other buggies on or in mine.
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'm giong to have to say that they are just wearing their worn out summer feathers and are about ready to moult. Extra protein wouldn't hurt. I usually switch to a poultry layer supplement with 20% protein for the winter.
     

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