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    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2009 12:27pm (Dec 29th 2009)
     
    Not overly concerned as both birds are looking healthy, eating well and still laying whopping big eggs but Rosie and Red (Suffolk Blacktails) ears have gone from red to pale pink/white. Combs are still red and standing but just wondered what this was caused by. The other two birds (Fenning Blacks, I think) are still very bright red.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2009 10:55pm (Dec 29th 2009)
     
    That's a puzzle! Could it be the cold? Don't know why it would only affect 2 of them though.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2010 11:01am (Jan 4th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The ears/comb will pale over winter whilst they stop laying - it's how you know a hen is coming up to starting to lay - their combs and ears will go deeper red (except for certain breeds).

    Wouldn't worry about it too much, when the days get longer they should get back to normal...
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 11:39pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    thanks Neil, I thought that might be it but they're still laying!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2010 1:10pm (Jan 14th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey, there can be quite a few reasons for this but usually nothing to worry about at all. Can (and is usually) due to the hen getting ready to stop laying for the winter, can also be caused by the cold, and can rarely be due to a mite infestation and the resulting loss of blood. The hen would probably show other indicators of a mite infestation though as well as a pale comb, but you can give her a check if you want :001_smile: