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Yellow legs and feet

Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:15 am

I noticed a few days ago that one of my ex-batts has got yellow legs and feet now which is strange because she has always had white legs and feet. She doesn't look like she's moulting and isn't off her food or water.

Has anyone had any experience with this ?

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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:33 am

It probably means she is improving, health-wise. Usually the hens lose the pigment aver the course of their laying career....and battery hens will lose it faster than free rangers.
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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:15 pm

Just a wild guess as I'm new to all this but maybe it's either diet or daylight related? I'm sure battery hens don't get the best quality food (but I bet she does now!) and she probably didn't get much sun before you had her either!!

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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:48 pm

Thanks for the info. Eglutine and superjules, appreciate it.
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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:14 pm

Hi

One of my ex-bats is exactly the same. I've had them since April but about three weeks ago Mavis's legs turned bright yellow. She was, and still is, eating and drinking fine, but she did become a bit slow and 'depressed' about the same time She's as right as rain now but still the yellow legs.

I'm not sure if she is laying at the mo., and I have wondered if the yellow legs meant that she has finished laying. I read that their legs are yellow when they are young, before they start to lay, so perhaps they turn yellow again when they have finished ?

Only a theory, I'm probably wrong, we'll have to keep each other up to date on the state of our chooks legs :lol: .

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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:17 pm

You could be right. I do know that it is the same pigment in the legs and beak that colours the eggs. That's why their legs and beaks fade once they start laying.
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Post Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:06 pm

Good point Nicola O and Snowy, will keep an eye on her, thank you :D
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Post Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:29 am

One of my ex-bettery girls has very yellow legs too and i was quite worried, however she is fully feathered and eating & drinking really well but she doesnt lay anymore.

Im not bothered about the eggs just as long as she is happy. :D

Your chook may be the same - see if you can work out if she is laying.
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Post Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:33 pm

Thanks Emma, i'll do that :D
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Post Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:15 pm

theherd123 wrote:One of my ex-battery girls has very yellow legs too and i was quite worried, however she is fully feathered and eating & drinking really well but she doesnt lay anymore.

Im not bothered about the eggs just as long as she is happy. :D

Your chook may be the same - see if you can work out if she is laying.
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2 more rescue chooks saved 7th July 07
GNR Fizzer RIP GNR Fudge RIP
4 more rescue chooks saved 27th April 08
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