Why are the feathers of duckings and chicks yellow?

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Samantha asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hi Dr Chris,

Why is it that ducks and chickens are yellow when they hatch and then change colour? In my view when birds hatch they generally look similar to the adult version of the bird type. 

I do hope that you can take me out of my state of wonderment!
Kind regards
What do you think?
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