Why does my Buff Orpington have faded earlobes?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Eggsactly, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Eggsactly

    Eggsactly In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    I just noticed one of my BO hens has faded earlobes. The skin is intact and she doesn't seem bothered/pained when I touch her earlobes. She is very active, laying and seems to be very healthy. The rest of the fleshy parts of her head are red. Should I be concerned or treating for something?
  2. I'm sorry I don't directly have an answer for you, but I wanted to add that my BO has very much lighter comb and wattles than our bluebelle, and always has done.

    She too is laying well and is otherwise very healthy. I was worried about the paleness for a while, thinking she might have parasites or something, but I'm pretty sure this is just how she is, and that it is normal for her.

    Maybe BOs simply aren't known for heavy colouring on their lobes/wattles/combs.

    Does anyone else know?
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    I'd have to agree so far. My BO seems a lot lighter in those regions vs. my wyandottes.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It's called "bleaching" and happens the longer a hen has been laying between molts. You might notice that the combs, wattles, and even legs get lighter with time. The color will "reset" after a molt.
  5. Eggsactly

    Eggsactly In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    Thanks so much Jenn. That's great to know. I just knew it was a change and that my other BOs were still nice and red. I am relieved my happy little chicken is alright! Whooh!

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