Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#49329 - 08/17/02 09:39 AM Double feathers
Anny Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 503
Loc: Belgium
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.

Top
#49330 - 08/17/02 10:01 AM Re: Double feathers
Anonymous
Unregistered


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

Top
#49331 - 08/17/02 12:15 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington
All of my birds have it. RIR, Barred Rocks, Mutts, Ameraucanas. It is normal.

Top
#49332 - 08/17/02 05:24 PM Re: Double feathers
Anonymous
Unregistered


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...

Top
#49333 - 08/17/02 05:57 PM Re: Double feathers
CJR Online   content
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8483
Loc: Montana
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

Top
#49334 - 08/17/02 07:43 PM Re: Double feathers
Anonymous
Unregistered


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.

Top
#49335 - 08/17/02 11:49 PM Re: Double feathers
Anny Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 503
Loc: Belgium
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.

-------------

If I had more space I would have more chickens!

Top
#49336 - 08/18/02 03:11 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington


Well, here is a feather off my RIR hen's back. I swear I pulled it very quickly, there was very very little pain.

Top
#49337 - 08/19/02 03:25 AM Re: Double feathers
Big Boy Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 845
Loc: Kansas
Aram, I hope that I'll 'see' that feather some day.

Top
#49338 - 08/19/02 05:41 AM Re: Double feathers
Anonymous
Unregistered


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.

Top
#49339 - 08/19/02 09:47 AM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington
BigBoy, the feather is right there, but the file is pretty large, so just stick around a little longer and it should upload. smile

If you can't wait, look in here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RarePoultryBreeders/files/RIRDblFethr.jpg

Top
#49340 - 08/19/02 10:03 AM Re: Double feathers
Anny Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 503
Loc: Belgium
I can see Aram's picture????


Top
#49341 - 08/19/02 10:50 AM Re: Double feathers
Big Boy Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 845
Loc: Kansas
Not quite as good as anny's post but I can clearly make out the second 'twin' feather. Very good. Your's are Production Reds?

Top
#49342 - 08/19/02 12:29 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington
Yep they are, and like I said, I have seen them on my other birds too. I always thought that that's how they replace the feathers. The big one dropps off and the little one grows to replace it. I was probably wrong in thinking that they are like trees. Oh well.

Top
#49343 - 08/19/02 01:06 PM Re: Double feathers
Anny Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 503
Loc: Belgium
Aram, when you post a link to a picture on a group, YOU can see the picture because you have it in your cache. Others cannot see it unless they download the picture first. I had to log in to Yahoo to see it. I have no idea how you can get around that problem but I will try to find out.
Feathers growing like trees! laugh laugh
Which part of your hen's body did you pluck? Ouch! I suppose these double feathers just grow on some parts of the body because not all the feathers are double.

BigBoy, you need the Macro-function to take a sharp shot that close.

Top
#49344 - 08/19/02 01:35 PM Re: Double feathers
Aram Seattle Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington
Ok, Anny, help me solve this thing, please.

The way I post a picture if by writing IMG following by the address in a form of http://www.blah.com and then close it with /IMG

Both IMG and /IMG are surrounded by bracket parentheses but I am afraid to write it like I type it cause UML might interpret it as a command. Is that how you do it?

"[img] address [/img]" - is that right?

Top
#49345 - 08/19/02 02:17 PM Re: Double feathers
Anny Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 503
Loc: Belgium
Aram, that's the way to post pictures allright. I think the problem is in the url. Most web space providers do not support this function, Photoworks doesn't, Yahoo and MSN you have to log in. Can you ask your internet provider, with most of them you get some free space.
If you go to "my profile" you will find my "Private Message" with an url to a picture. Try to post it, it should work, I hope.

Top
#49346 - 08/19/02 06:21 PM Re: Double feathers
Anonymous
Unregistered


All chickens, and i believe all birds, have the double feather. A professional would know the name of it.
In the primitive emu the double feathers are equal in size.
INteresting to me, ostrich chicks hatch out with no down, but "pins". these are long,scalelikeand come double too! actually chickens hatch out with these double scales too, but they are reduced to twin hairs on the very tip of the down fiber, they drop off inthe incubator.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


Moderator:  Admin @ The Coop, Wieslaw