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After molt feathers question...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BeulahBreezes, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. BeulahBreezes

    BeulahBreezes Songster

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    I am new at 'chickening', ( is that a real word? lol!) Do chickens feathers come back in the same color patterns after a molt? Just wondering......~Beulah
     

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, they will have the same feather pattern. The purpose of a molt is for them to keep warm. Tattered feathers don't retain heat, so they molt out the old, tattered feathers and grow in new feathers.
     
  3. wastintime202

    wastintime202 Chirping

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    I am wondering the same thing. My first experience with molt and I wonder if my beautiful hen will be beautiful again. Anyone?
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, she will be beautiful again.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

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    Yup, she will shine like a new dime.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    In addition to the loss of insulatory value and performance with respect to flight, the pigments also degrade causing feathers to blanch. With some colortypes, as a bird ages coloration also changes which can be noted in fully adult birds 2 years and older. Only a few colortypes seem to do this adult change.
     

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