This might not be the right topic area, but . . .

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

  1. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    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

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    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

    May 13, 2008
    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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