Does white attract predators?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FriendlyFlyer, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were to add a few white chickens (or guineas) to my flock, would they stand out to predators? I KNOW white stands out against most everything but I guess I'm not sure about predators and color vision, I'm guessing it's good, but do any of you know if having white birds attracts attention? What about birds with white patches?
     
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.... they are more susceptible to birds of prey.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't think they attract predators more than any other chicken, no. They can be seen easier, yes, but I haven't lost any birds to predators in the almost six years I've had chickens, probably due to my fabulous roosters being on guard, in spite of free ranging in the mountains of N. GA with many types of hawks, coyotes, foxes, roaming dogs, raccoons, etc, etc. I have had Delawares and a Lt. Brahma, plus the light colored splashes as well.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    yeah.. white birds are like strapping a big neon sign onto it.. one that advertises "free chicken dinners"
     
  5. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I'm sure the white color stands out more. I have Rhode Island Whites, Rhode Island Reds and Isa Browns. I haven't noticed any predators attracted to the RIWs but I have an electric fenced in yard for my birds. If a predator touches the wire they don't come back to try again.
     

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