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Help!  I have a Polish Crested hen who is losing her top hat.  I think the others are pecking on her head while roosting at night.  Could she have mites?  She is the only one of 30 that seems to have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cornelia May 16, 2011.

 

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
A bit about me:
Relocated to Tennessee 5 years ago determined to create a farm that would be fun and productive. So far we have raised our own beef, eggs and our garden has produced well enough not to purchase veggies during the summer months.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Sliders! With our own Angus beef burgers, lettuce and tomatos.
Currently reading:
Mother Earth, Grit
Currently listening to:
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My latest DIY project:
Built a chicken house that is a minature of our house and raising a new crop of exotic/rare chickens - just for fun.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Mother Earth News - a 20+ year reader
Web site I recommend:
http://motherearthnews.com

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At 11:56am on April 21, 2011, rachel whetzel said…
Hey Jodie! I was trying to say something about your white (used to be brown eggs) and not steal Jenna's thunder... and when I sent you a friend request, I forgot to add the message!! lol I was GOING to say... that from what I understand, eggs essentially all start out "white" inside a hen. Based on her breed, she might have pigmentation (ie brown and whatever color Americaunas and other blue/green laying hens have) The darker the egg, the more pigmentation is being put on the egg. (spotting has something to do with this also, but I don't know what for sure) This pigmentation can fade with the "seasons" of a chicken's life. Molting is one "season" that I have heard can lighten eggs. Age is another. I have seen this last one with my oldest laying hens. Their eggs used to be creamy tan, and now are nearly white. Depending on your hen's age, (I don't remember how old you said they were or if you did) they may be in one of those "seasons" that their eggs are lighter, or they may just be getting old and losing the pigmentation ability so to speak. Most likely, without any symptoms of illness, this is what's happening to your hens.
At 4:00pm on May 1, 2011, Kristie Nackord said…
I'm so glad you are okay from the tornado's and I'm sorry to hear about your neighbors. :-( This earth is really going through it....

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