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How much is too much sun for whites?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChelseysChicken, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Letting my white Wyandotte bantam show pair range today in the sun/shade. Don want to ruin their white..how long is too much exposure?
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Sorry, cannot answer your question. But never thought about sun exposure effecting feather color. It does make sense, everything can be faded by the sun. Assume you mean that the sun bleaches the color, or do you mean it will darken or yellow the white?
     
  3. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's bl
    it will make them brassy and yellow
     
  4. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's an example. He is not a show bird thank goodness because[​IMG] loves the sun
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    interesting.

    hope someone who shows will reply.
     
  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    It depends on the genetic formula of your variety. For instance breeds which have "Light" varieties built on the eb allele will get brassy tint to
    the white parts in the sunlight. Breeds which have "Light" varieties built on the eWh allele will not. What is the genetic formula for your birds?
    Find it and ask a geneics expert like Marvin ( nicalandia)here on BYC.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think that there is a definite "too long". It depends on the individual bird. None of my white birds have ever become brassy, even though they go out into a run regularly (albeit, the run is covered, but lots of light still filters in). But, I see a lot of yellow white birds, so it is certainly possible.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     

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