Weird question about wattles and ear lobes...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sahmhomesteader, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry if this is not the right place to post this, but really wasn't sure where to ask.

    My 21 week old pullets love to be cuddled and stroked. I pick them up and stroke their wattles and skin around their face and ears. After a few minutes, around the same time they start to close their eyes, their skin around their ears and face starts to go pale. It starts out bright red, but then fades. It seems like this happens as they start to relax. Can anyone tell me why or how this happens? I am just very curious...does anyone else notice this?
     
  2. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never noticed this before, I will have to test this out on my hens tomorrow.
     
  3. kittydoc

    kittydoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since they find it calming, their blood pressure is dropping, which causes the lower red Colorado intensity. Not harmful at all!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, that's interesting! I'm glad you posted the Q and the doc could answer.

    I noticed the other day when I was holding one of my hens that her earlobes were much paler that usual and later they were reddened back up.
     
  5. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let me know if the same happens to you!


    Way cool! I knew there had to be something like that behind it, I just had no idea what. Thank you!


    I wonder how many people have wondered about this lol
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I know I have noticed the comb and wattle color seems to rise with agitation from about 5-6 weeks, made me wonder about gender several times.
     
  7. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. I was not that observant with my littles haha. I am glad I learned something new today.
     
  8. aart

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  9. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha, I don't think it is pathetic! I am outside 90% of the time with my sons (both under 3), and I am constantly holding my birds and talking to them etc. I am usually pretty observant too, but I missed what you were describing haha.
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Nothing pathetic about that at all [​IMG]
     

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