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After molt feathers question...

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

  1. BeulahBreezes

    BeulahBreezes Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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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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