n. pl. mel·a·no·ses
Abnormally dark pigmentation of the skin or other tissues, resulting from a disorder of pigment metabolism. Also called melanism.
mela·notic (-ntk) adj.
The dictionary dosen't refer to chickens... usualy refers to darkening of the skin like a freckle. Of a dark melanin tumor...
***Funny, I think only like you, me, and three other people would care about what this term is in chickens! I saw a whole flock of buzzards on the side of the road and laughed so hard thinking about your 'build a buzzard project'! I thought, "If dipsy & I were friends I would call her up right now and see if she wants me to wrastle a couple of them for her & bring them over! Ha Ha! ***
Hi Eshanne! That made me laugh! It's never been a goal of mine that someone sees a flock of buzzards and thinks of me, but thanks
I have so many great buzzard stories. We used to find at least one wounded on the road-side every weekend while on horseback and you just haven't lived til you've been upchucked on by a wounded buzzard. They are really cool birds. But anyway...
What made me ask is, I have these great really black-skinned chicks popping out from a project that wasn't directed toward dark/black-skin.
I was trying to think of a term for black-skinned birds that didn't make it sound like they were suffering from disease.
Thanks! Fibromelanosis sounds like an even more serious disease.
Is there a 'common term' for that?
Melanotic is a different gene => Ml.
It is a black enhancer/melanizer that pushes black pigment towards rim and top of the feather, so it helps lacing, spangling etc...
A quail is a melanotic columbian.
While we are on the subject.... anyone know what the most "melanistic" breed of chicken is? Its not the langshan, sumatra, or java... I can't seem to figure it out, and someone has challenged me with a trivia question on another forum.