Down

Small and Backyard Flocks October 23, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Down is the layer of feathers found under the tough exterior feathers; also the only feathers on newly hatched chicks until more structured feathers develop.

Figure 1. Newly hatched chick with down rather than feathers. Source: Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.