yellow head

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccraft, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. ccraft

    ccraft In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2017
    When I pet my chickens their faces turn a yellowish, when i put them down it goes right back to red. I thought I might be squeezing them too tight, but they don't run away. When i put them down they sit right in front of me and wait for their back rub. Any idea why their face turns yellowish?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I've seen them lighten to a pink, and darken to purple, but never turn yellow, are your birds younger? Face color generally reflects health and sexual maturity. I assume when they are picked up they either don't breathe normally which causes color change, or it reflects an emotional change which would alter the pulse and blood pressure which can change the head color in response to it.

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