Black Plumage & Heat Resistance

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Vantage, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Vantage

    Vantage In the Brooder

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    Don't know if it's just a myth, but is it true that black birds tend to not do so well in the heat as white or lighter colored birds do?
     
  2. Goose girl1

    Goose girl1 Chirping

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    I Don't know,:idunno never thought about it before but black absorbs more heat so maybe.
     
  3. X_and_Z

    X_and_Z Chirping

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  4. Vantage

    Vantage In the Brooder

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    Wow! I thought it was the exact opposite. That's really interesting, thank you.
     
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  5. X_and_Z

    X_and_Z Chirping

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    It is dependent on a breeze - note that most desert mammals are not black furred. So the breeze associated with flight makes a difference.

    Since most chickens aren't great fliers it may not apply to them unless you have a windy area/fans.
     
  6. nminusyplusm

    nminusyplusm Crowing

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    https://www.birdnote.org/show/benefits-ravens-black-feathers
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    I imagine running a fan would do
     
  8. Beer can

    Beer can Free Ranging

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    Doesn't matter what color they are when you reduce their featherage, naked necks are the way to go in heat...and they don't give two hoots about cold either :lol:
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  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    i've always thought that about "black" animals....I've had black cats & dogs, they still liked laying in the sun alot. I've had Australorps & Black Orpingtons, during the summer they did pant alot but spent alot of time in the patio :)
     
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  10. Aye_It's_Liv

    Aye_It's_Liv Chirping

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    I would think that they would just get hot like the other chickens but they might get dehydrated faster because of the black feather absorbing the sun. I wouldn't worry about it. Just remember to have shade and water for them in hot weather.
     
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