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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hennyhandler, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I went out to my coop today and was sitting watching them when one of my RIR's came by and her feet were pale. Her comb is fine and she acted normal. None of the others have this though. When I picked her up they didn't look as bad though. I was wondering if this is a small sign or symptom that I should recognize before it turns into something bigger. Should I worry??? Thank you for any help.

  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    If they are laying, you may have a good layer on your hands! Pale legs is a sign of a good layer.
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    recheck the legs for raised scales or crust..
    check well for mites and lice..
    hhas she been treated for mites or lice?

    has she been wormed? if so, when? and what was used?

    describe droppings in detail..color and consistency.
    paleness is usually from anemia..most often caused by cocci, worms, mites/lice..
    but can also indicate a phase of laying..
    how old is she?

    do the feet feel cold?
    what are the temps there?
    is she a regular layer? when did she last lay?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  4. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I looked at her legs and didn't see anything abnormal. None of my chickens have been wormed or treated and the droppings (which I can't say are specifically hers) looked normal to me. For the last couple of weeks or more there has been some white in one or some of my chickens but when I looked at the poop chart flowing around here it looked like one of them said to be normal to me. Shes around twenty weekd maybe. I can't really remember right now but she started laying maybe 2 months ago. Her legs aren't cold at all and the temps have been in the 70's. At night it gets down to 50's and 40's but not bad in the coop at all. She is a wonderful layer. If i'm not mistaken she lays me the largest egg of the bunch and even if this isn't her I know that she was one of the first of my chickens to lay and has done well ever since. I hope all this info helps. Thanks.
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My Leghorns' legs have gotten much paler the longer that they have laid - I'm pretty sure I read on BYC that it's common.

    It hasn't seem to have affected my Redstar as noticably, but she hasn't laid quite as long and she had more color to begin with too.

    My new BSL pullets have greyish leggs, so I expect that they will fade as they grow up and lay eggs.
  6. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    So your's doens't have that corn color look? More like a super light yellow? I haven't heard anything about this and I guess I never realized it when I was looking at pictures on other forums. [​IMG] Do you know why this happens, like what causes it?
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Before laying:

    After laying:

    You can see the Leghorn furthest left has legs almost bleached to the color of her body

    I have no idea what causes it!

  8. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    yes, but this hen has only been laying for 2 months.
    would the legs pale that quick?

    please describe her droppings..in detail, color and consistency.

    what all do you feed?

    fall is the best time to worm ..before it gets too cold.
    and best to check for mites/lice, and treat..
    has the coop been cleaned and treated recently?
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I'm no long-term expert, but

    Mine did. Those pullets in my pictures are 28 weeks old now, and have been laying since 20 weeks.

    That would be only 2 months time, and I think the pictures are a couple of weeks old so it would have been even less.
  10. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    there IS a "paling sequence" attached to laying..
    I'll try to find that info and post tomorrow..
    in the meantime, keep watch for any other symptoms..or odd droppings..

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