Feathers Hard and Soft

Feathers Hard and Soft
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 6 minutes Feathers, the crowning glory and most recognizable aspect of chickens! Hard or soft, hairlike in Silkies, they are both beautiful and useful. Feathers are the first thing you see on poultry. Their color and condition are defining characteristics. Clothes make the man, and feathers, to a great extent, make the bird.  Feathers are poultry’s plumage. They come in many colors, solid and patterned. They vary in size, from the downy feathers of fluff through short head feathers to long, thin sickle feathers to the primaries on the wings.   Feathered dinosaur fossils have been discovered, perhaps adding to the discussion of which came first. Feathers make it possible for birds to fly, although most chickens are too large for their wings to get them off the ground. Small birds may be good flyers, though.  What are Feathers?  Feathers are living tissue, the same protein that makes hair and nails. Each one grows out of an individual follicle in the skin. The end of the feather in the skin is

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