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#49329 - 08/17/02 09:39 AM Double feathers
Anny Offline
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Just one of my hens, a black Cochin, has double feathers. At the base of each feather shaft there is another, smaller, downy like feather. I had never noticed this before.



I would like to know if this is "normal", "breed specific" or "something special"?
Thanks, Anny.

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#49330 - 08/17/02 10:01 AM Re: Double feathers
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Well Anny, I don't know about the double feathering, but it does give us a clue as to why they look so big and fluffy!! laugh

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#49331 - 08/17/02 12:15 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
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All of my birds have it. RIR, Barred Rocks, Mutts, Ameraucanas. It is normal.

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#49332 - 08/17/02 05:24 PM Re: Double feathers
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Anny, is this from feathers that you've pulled? .. only 'cause I haven't seen it in any of the multitude of feathers I have on the ground...

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#49333 - 08/17/02 05:57 PM Re: Double feathers
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Anny, Oh, if I could take pictures like those of the feathers! Although I mailed feathers to a person who wanted to have a new variety approved by APA, the recipients could not see the colors. If I had been able to show pictures to many--we would have the proper color names!

Certainly chickens with plumage like your Cochin, would be hardier for cold weather and maybe better insulated against hot weather. Thanks for sharing! CJR

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#49334 - 08/17/02 07:43 PM Re: Double feathers
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thats really neat! The pictures did come out great, nice and clear. In the am., I'm gonna go check my birds for that sort of feather growth.

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#49335 - 08/17/02 11:49 PM Re: Double feathers
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Thank you all for your comments. I marvelled about discovering THE phenomenon of this year and getting famous in chicken-world. Down to dull again! frown

Aram, I will look closer but I am quite sure my other hens (Australorp and Production Reds) have no double feathers.

Cochima! how could you think I would pull my sweet hens' feathers? wink She just started moulting. Maybe these double feathers only grow on some parts of the body, on some breeds? I have never seen any double pigeon feathers neither - my dog plucks lots of pigeons laugh

CJR, Canon Powershot G2 - Macro function - Frederic's steady hand. Yes, digital cameras are getting GOOD, and affordable, and they are very useful.
I don't know about insulation against hot weather, she pants a lot when it's hot.

NHReds, let us know what you found.

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If I had more space I would have more chickens!

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#49336 - 08/18/02 03:11 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
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Well, here is a feather off my RIR hen's back. I swear I pulled it very quickly, there was very very little pain.

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#49337 - 08/19/02 03:25 AM Re: Double feathers
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Aram, I hope that I'll 'see' that feather some day.

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#49338 - 08/19/02 05:41 AM Re: Double feathers
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My Wyandottie, Polish, New Hamp., Golden Comets, Lt. Brahmas and Americanana all have that feathering. I do believe it is insulation against heat and cold. Flight feathers and some others are the only ones I have seen that don't have it.

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