Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Naked Chickens

Keith took us out to the University of Arkansas hatchery to show us some of the things he works on. This was a little frightening. These are called naked chickens. He crossbread a naked neck chicken with something else and came up with a chicken that doesn't have feathers. It was pretty interesting. They seem normal in every respect except they don't have feathers. Keith mentioned that they are more sensitive to hot and cold because they have no feathers to insulate them.

Here is a baby naked chicken. Their skin is transluscent so you can see food in their gullet.
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