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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Quella, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does the feather-coloring of the chicken affect the heat absorption? Sort of like the black-and-white T-shirts?
     
  2. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure on chickens but it does on pigeons. I raced homing pigeon for years. On a 400 mile race that it was clear skies and 90 degrees plus all the way I sent 12 birds and all the lightest birds were day birds and the 2 dark birds came home on the next day. They couldn't take the heat from the sun.
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    it is the same with most animals, darker colors hold ( absorb ) more heat, lighter colors reflect the light ( less heat ). so I would say that darker colored chickens may get a little warmer, they are the ones that move to the shade first. but it does keep them warmer in the winter sun.

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