Featherless Chickens ....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by EasterEggersRULE, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. EasterEggersRULE

    EasterEggersRULE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    South Texas
    Are they a breed or what ? I have seen lots of pics of them. Are they just a genetic experiement or what ?
    If anyone knows let me know i have a bet with a friend and she ows be a few copper marans chicks if i am right and there not a breed.

    Edit : Found more info.

    Here's part of a report from the World Poultry magazine:
    'In 1954, the American researchers Abbott and Asmundson found several featherless
    mutants among New Hampshire chicks that hatched at the University of California
    at Davis. The mutation, named “Scaleless”, has been bred and maintained since then in
    Davis and in several other research institutions.
    The Scaleless line, like its New Hampshire origin, is, according to Prof. Cahaner “a good egg-producer but with a small body and not much of a meal.”
    Prof. Cahaner started 12 years ago to pursue his interest in the “naked neck” and “frizzle” genes that reduce the feather coverage of chickens, and a few years ago he came across the idea of
    using the scaleless mutant to breed a completely featherless broiler. In an interview
    with World Poultry, he said that the idea was to backcross the small scaleless chickens
    into a large, fast-growing broiler line in order to develop, “featherless broiler chickens
    which grow as fast as the commercial feathered-covered broilers that reached the
    marketing weight of 2-2,5 kg in just six weeks.” He noted that intensive breeding of
    fast-growing broilers started some 60 years ago. “Twenty years ago broilers reached the
    marketing weight at about 9 weeks. Today, broilers reach that stage after six weeks,
    which has an enormous economic advantage.”
    The featherless broilers created by Prof. Cahaner have apparently been bred using conventional crosses between scaleless chickens and commercial broilers, followed by backcrossing and selective breeding. “We did not employ any genetic engineering procedures in breeding the featherless broiler. The skin of the naked chicken is a normal skin, but
    with no feather follicles and no subcutaneous fat”, Cahaner noted. The Israeli geneticist
    added that in the late 1970s, featherless broilers were bred and evaluated at
    the University of Connecticut but, he explained, “these broilers did not grow as fast
    as commercial broilers do today and for them overheating had not yet emerged as a
    serious problem, hence they were not considered useful at that time,” as he was quoted
    in The New York Times."
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  2. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I have heard something about a bird with no feathers. I think it was an expierement done by scientist in Israel trying to save farmers more time on preparing a bird to eat.
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  3. bcray

    bcray Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    I've seen it all now, never knew that kind of chicken existed.

    It is one ugly bird - guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
  4. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are chicken with a genetic mutation like "sikied feathers" or "frizzled" feathers. They exist and there is a BYC member here who has them. I love them, so cutE!
  5. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

    May 2, 2010
  6. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2010
    North Mississippi
    Who's breeding these?
  7. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    There was a line developed in Israel as a meat bird that was faster to process and didn't waste any energy on growing feathers instead of meat. The downside is that they must be kept indoors, out of sunlight, away from drafts, and in a climate controlled house (basically the average commercial poultry house) as they easily sunburn or die from inability to keep a proper body temperature if it is too hot or cold.
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Interesting. Hmmm, I can't seem to find much information when googling though..... about the gene, that is.
  9. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

    May 2, 2010
    Quote:Calling David Hancox! Surely he would know??
  10. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2011
    Lancaster, PA

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