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buffed orpingtons losing feather colour

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ValerieJean, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. ValerieJean

    ValerieJean New Egg

    Sep 21, 2010
    I've had buffeds for 3 years now. I bought replacements this year and noticed how pale my 'old layers' are. Is losing colour a sign of aging or are they simply starting to molt? Other than colour they seem healthy and active.

    thanks for any help.
  2. snowbird

    snowbird Overrun With Chickens

    May 28, 2010
    Wolverine Country
    Quote:If they are outside the Sun will bleach them out.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Age and sunlight will fade them...

  4. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    Like everyone else said its from sun and age. What you can do is look at the shafts of their wing feathers, if they are a pale color find a rooster who's shafts are a darker red color and it will bring the color back in the offspring. Buffs can be a hard color to breed, good luck!

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