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chickens prefer red colors?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bantam Bodon, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this book called, "the field guide to chickens" and in it, it said a study showed chickens prefer the color red. It makes sense i guess, a rooster's comb is to attract the hen and they are red. Do you think this is why so many chicken coops are red or is it a coincidence?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    So why is it that so many find that red heat lamps are more calming to babies than white ones?

    They are definitely drawn to bloody wounds and attack them, though....

    Interesting.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Naturally, they are conservative Republicans.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:The white lights clearly bring out the red of a wound. The red light masks the red of the the wound somewhat so it doesn't stand out as much. Everything looks a little red.

    My guess is that many chicken coops are red because barn red is a traditional color for farm buildings and even Arizona Democrats can be traditionalists.
     
  5. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dunno, they say a similar thing about bulls not liking red, but bovines can't even see color, they are attracted to the movements of the red cape rather than the color.

    however, birds can see colors. not sure if it has anything to do with breeding, as dubbed roosters seem to do just as well as ones with combs. but there are alot of birds that use color to display to find a mate (peacocks, birds of paradise, ducks)

    it wouldn't surprise me though.
     
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    I figured that was why they made all the plastic feeders and waterers red - to attract them to them since they were attracted to that color.
     
  7. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine seem to like green things. i'll have to do some sort of test! like use food coloring to dye some feed and mix red feed and green feed with the reg. feed to see which disappears quicker..
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I trust you will post the results.
     
  9. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, they ate both the red and the green indiscriminately, but didn't start eating their normal feed until both were all gone... perhaps they just like what stands out?? red certainly does stand out. they seem to like shiny things as well, i notice they link to peck rings and my facial piercings.

    what do YOU guys think? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009

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