White Leghorns head feathers turned purple overnight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nateritz, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. nateritz

    nateritz New Egg

    Feb 22, 2010
    Hi, I just noticed that two of my white leghorns head/neck feathers turned dark purple overnight. We have 8 chickens, and these two are still bearing the brunt of being the two newbies, bottom of the pecking order. Is it just that they are being pecked? Or is this avian flu? They still act normal, not lethargic, eating like normal, skittish as always.

    I'm new at this so pardon my ignorance. Thanks!


    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  2. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    I don't know about the feathers changing color. I post pictures through photobucket.com. Upload the photos to photobucket then copy the image information that starts with <img>. There's 4 choices of image copy. I'll be interested to know the rest of the story!
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    It's dried blood. If you look at the black edge of the comb you can see where the comb was nipped by someone else. Drip of blood, a few head slings, and you get a purple headed chicken.

    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree it's blood - you need to put the bad guys in time out for a few days to hopefully take them down a peg or two.

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